Miriam Hoffman: A Breed Apart

May 17, 201860 minutes


  • Interview with writer Miriam Hoffman discussing her recently published memoir A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee which describes her fascinating life, from childhood in Sibera and Germany through adulthood in New York, raising a family in Yiddishist society in New York and finding success as a columnist and feature writer for the Yiddish "Forward" Newspaper ("Forverts"), as a Yiddish educator at Columbia University, and as a playwright, including cofounding the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre.
  • Author: Miriam Hoffman
  • Book: A Breed Apart
  • The interview is conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis.
  • Music: Sarah’s Lullaby & Hagar’s Lament, performed by Shirim Klezmer Band, from the CD Of Angels and Horseradish, sung by Rosalie Gerut (Sarah) and Betty Silberman (Hagar), lyrics by Itzik Manger and Miriam Hoffman, from the play Lider fun Gan Eydn (Songs of Paradise), based on the poetry of Itzik Manger, play written by Miriam Hoffman and Rena Berkowicz Borow.
  • Rav Myer Loketch discusses Shvues and Megilas Rus (Repeated from 2007.)
  • Music: Shvues, performed by Cantor Louis Danto, Composer: Yoel Engel, Author: Shimon Shmuel Frug
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: May 16 2018

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