The Voice of a Woman in Postwar Yiddish Radio
Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)
A panel discussion with Caraid O’Brien, Anna Rozenfeld, and moderator Alyssa Quint.
Anna Rozenfeld will speak about the artistic career of famed Yiddish actress and singer Diana Blumenfeld (1903–61)—her work in prewar Poland and the Warsaw ghetto, and the role she played internationally after World War II, acting in the spirit of Yidishkayt and contributing to cultural salvation. Blumenfeld’s Yiddish voice—in person and on radio airwaves—took on a public profile of unity, reassurance, and shared loss. Caraid O’Brien will discuss the pioneering radio career of celebrated Yiddish actress Miriam Kressyn (1910–96), focusing on Kressyn’s radio shows from the 1940s, when she introduced her listeners of primarily Yiddish-speaking housewives to American history and culture in programs sponsored by Maxwell House coffee, Campbell’s Soup, and Quaker Oats.
Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery: Women in Yiddish.
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