Book Club

Delve into Yiddish Literature with the Library!

By Associate Librarian – Readers’ Advisory Specialist Debbie

The Yiddish Book Center “Stories of Exile Reading Group” continues this Fall and Winter, offering readers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich literary heritage of Yiddish literature!

Our next reading group selection is The Glatstein Chronicles by Jacob Glatstein, translated by Maier Deshell and Norbert Guterman, a Yiddish Book Center 2023 Great Jewish Books Club pick. Mark your calendars for Monday, December 4th at 7pm, to discuss this remarkable work. Joining us as co-host is the esteemed Naomi Brenner, OSU Associate professor at the Melton Center for Jewish Studies.

  • The Glatstein Chronicles by Jacob Glatstein | Book

“In 1934, with World War II on the horizon, Jacob Glatstein (1896-1971) traveled from his home in America to his native Poland to visit his dying mother. One of the foremost Yiddish poets of the day, he used his journey as the basis for two autobiographical novellas–The Glatstein Chronicles–in which he intertwines childhood memories with observations of growing anti-Semitism in Europe.” –from the publisher

In case you missed our last reading group discussion in October, we explored In the Land of the Postscript by Chava Rosenfarb. Ms. Rosenfarb, a survivor of Bergen Belsen who later emigrated to Canada, crafted a collection of powerful short stories that delve into the lives of survivors in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Her work is a moving tribute to resilience, courage, and the human spirit’s capacity to endure even in the darkest of times.

We invite you to join us for our upcoming discussion of The Glatstein Chronicles in December. Whether you’re a seasoned Yiddish literature enthusiast or just curious to explore these captivating narratives, our reading group provides a welcoming space for all!

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