Doc Chat Episode Fifty-Four: Exploring 125 Years of the Forverts, New York City's Legendary Yiddish Newspaper

By Julie Golia, Associate Director, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscri
June 17, 2022
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

On April 28, 2022, Doc Chat wrapped its spring 2022 season with a glimpse into an influential Yiddish newspaper.

Exterior black and white photograph of tall building that was the home of the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper

Morris Huberland, Forward Building, New York, NY, circa 1970; NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 5750794.

weekly series from NYPL's Center for Research in the Humanities, Doc Chat pairs an NYPL curator or specialist and a scholar to discuss evocative digitized items from the Library's collections and brainstorm innovative ways of teaching with them. In Episode Fifty-Four, NYPL curator Lyudmila Sholokhova and NYU Professor Gennady Estraikh analyzed selections from the New York City-based Yiddish daily newspaper Forverts (Forward) and discussed its tremendous impact on generations of readers—and generations of scholars—since its founding in 1897.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Below are some handy links to materials and sources suggested in the episode.

Episode Fifty Four: Primary Sources

The Forward/Forverts newspaper is available online and is OCR searchable. It is a part of the Historical Jewish Press Project and hosted on the website of the National Library of Israel.

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