Sources and Citations
Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish is a collage of sorts, bringing in different historical sources and cultural influences and mixing them in the blender (on low) with my own experience. Here you can find citations of some of the sources I bring into the show.
Yiddish is a language once spoken by 11 million people all over the world. While it has a lot of overlap with German in its vocabulary, it has its own grammatical system and linguistic overlaps with Hebrew, Polish, Russian, and other languages. Some institutions working to teach Yiddish, preserve historic Yiddishkeit and foster new Yiddish culture are YIVO, the Yiddish Book Center, and the Worker's Circle.
Little Boxes is a song written by Malvina Reynolds. Here's Pete Seeger singing it.
The speech about Forest Hills is from an archival recording of a protest I found via this episode of the podcast School Colors: "The Battle of Forest Hills."
This "battle" was a very public example of a primarily Ashkenazi Jewish community fighting to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhood, contributing to housing segregation.
Yiddish dance is a modern term for a variety of folk forms danced to klezmer music (another modern term) which come primarily from Eastern European/ Ashkenazi Jewish communities. You can dance in a line, circle, with a partner, or solo. Here's a link to Helen Winkler's website on Yiddish dance.
Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) was a children's book written by Ernst Hiemer. A piece of Nazi propaganda, the book was intended to teach children how to identify a Jew the same way they would a poisonous mushroom. This book is one of many historic and modern works that trumpet overtly antisemitic images and tropes about Jews.
East Side Street Vendors
Little Mary Phagan
Little Mary Phagan was a country song written by Fiddlin' John Carson and sung by his daughter, Rosa Lee. The song gives a falsified account of the murder of Mary Phagan, painting Jewish factory manager Leo Frank as the murderer. Frank was convicted in a trial that has since been discredited by many legal scholars. When his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, he was broken out of jail by the KKK and lynched. You can read more about Leo Frank here.
אַ האַרציקן דאַנק
A heartfelt thanks to
Stage Manager Sophie Koester
all the donors to the project including
Finch Foner, Suzanne Bernstein, Marlena Goodman, Naomi & Molly Barger,
Jonathan Stein, Ruth Coppersmith, Margot Steinberg, Janna Meiring,
Derek Freeh, Celeste Senechal, Genevieve Senechal, Ted & Lisa Bloch, John Krieger-Joven, PhiladelphiaDance.org, Katherine Stark, Curt Haworth, Annie Wilson, Ellie Rubin, Max Schwimmer
folks who donated or helped create set and prop pieces
Benjamin Bass, Shoshana Gordon, Genevieve Senechal,
Artemis Azrael Krieger-Joven, and Ardon Shorr
my "first readers" who gave me early feedback on the piece
Keila Cordova, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Finch Foner, Athena Anthea, Suzanne Bernstein, Alison Woitte-Jones, Ella-Gabriel Mason, Katherine Stark,
Loren Groenendaal, Janna Meiring, Curt Haworth, Micah Greenleaf,
Dani Holtz, Margot Steinberg, Jamie Harrison Rubin
my volunteer techies and roadies
Kerian Pearson, Loren Groenendaal, Micah Greenleaf, Gaby Marantz
my Yiddish dance and language teachers and mentors
Steve Weintraub, Bruce Bierman, Avia Moore, Perl Teitelbaum,
Anna Fishman Gonshor, Mikhl Yashinsky,
Noah Barrera, Shane Baker, Joshua Price