Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
In her new book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, Harvard professor emerita Ruth R. Wisse reflects on her experience fleeing the Holocaust as a child, living through the birth of the State of Israel, and teaching Yiddish literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard University for more than 20 years. Wisse’s reminiscences include stories about growing up in the Jewish community of Montreal and vivid memories of meeting and interacting with great figures of the Yiddish cultural world such as Itzik Manger, Avrom Sutzkever, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Rokhl Korn and many others, as well as luminaries Leonard Cohen and Norman Podhoretz.
This event will feature Wisse in conversation with Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel.
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