The decimation of the European Jewish population by the Holocaust dramatically reduced the number of Yiddish speakers and threatened the loss of a rich literature, music, folklore and culture associated with their history. Norwegian actor and singer, Bente Kahan, now lives in Poland where she established a foundation to restore the White Stork Synagogue, and created a centre for Jewish Culture and Education there. For more than 30 years she has performed Yiddish songs and the Foundation continues that work. She talks with author Arnold Zable, who is intimately involved in Melbourne’s Yiddish revival movement, about the poetry, songs and stories that have inspired her.
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