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Ostrowsky, Chaim  Search this
Sholem Aleichem 1859-1916  Search this
Stern, Sholom  Search this
Peretz, J. L  Search this
Asch, Sholem 1880-1957  Search this
Der Tunkeler, 1881-1949  Search this
Cover illustrator:
Rosenhouse, Irwin  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Jews  Search this
Phonograph records
While the phrase "Jewish Classical Literature" could include many types of literature, here it refers solely to Yiddish prose - primarily vignettes of a light-hearted or humorous nature - from the late 19th Century and first half of the 20th Century. The majority of the selections are basically written in the first person and have the flavor of recitations to be performed before an audience expecting to be entertained. (One noteworthy exception to the light-hearted mood relates to the Holocaust.) The selection of first person readings undoubtedly reflects the theatrical background of the reader, Chaim Ostrowsky, who organized, directed, and acted in Hebrew and Yiddish theatres in Poland, Russia, and Israel. All but one of the readings reflect East European Jewish culture, history, and/or religion and most also include excerpts of Yiddish songs. The authors include some of the best known writers of Yiddish literature, such as Sholem Aleichem, whose stories concerning Tevye, the Dairyman, were the basis for the hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof. The liner notes provide the complete Yiddish text for each reading and an English summary.
Cover illustration by Irwin Rosenhouse.
Program notes in Hebrew (8 p. : ill.) inserted in container.
Read by Chaim Ostrowsky.
Related materials may be found in the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, also held by this repository. Related materials may include correspondence between the studio, producers, and/or performers; original cover art designs; original production materials; business records; and audiotapes from studio production.
Track information:
201. The Magician / by J.L. Peretz
202. The American / by Sholem Asch
203. Jews Chanting / by Der Tunkeler
101. Children Are a Joy / by Sholem Aleichem
102. Aleph Beiz / by Sholom Stern
103. Chassidim / by A. Lutzky
Publisher number:
FL 9945 Folkways Records
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 2001, Washington, D.C. 20024. Call 202-633-7322 for appointment. Fax: 202-633-7019. Email:
Jewish literature  Search this
Hebrew literature  Search this
Yiddish literature  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9945
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections