In addition to books describing the lands and experiences of our Eastern European ancestors, the Center publishes Pakn Treger.
The December issue has a genealogist's dream of a story. Scroll down to the PDF titled "The Landscape of Memory," by Robert Adler Peckerar, Nancy Sherman, and David Shneer
Last August participants in the National Yiddish Book Center’s LiteraTour 2006 traveled to Ukraine to the former Austro-Hungarian provinces of Galicia and Bukovina to explore the birthplace of modern Yiddish literature. We wanted to visit the sites that have inspired writers from Sholem Aleichem to Jonathan Safran Foer. Many of us also sought traces of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents in the villages and cities of Ukraine, the country whose name translates as “borderlands.” In the three essays that follow, a literary scholar, a historian, and Pakn Treger’s editor report on what the group found, and what remains undiscovered.
The Center is also home to the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, which is believed to be the only project ever to digitize an entire modern literature, preserving it permanently for future generations of readers, students, and scholars.
The project began when diminishing supplies of popular Yiddish titles made it increasingly difficult for the Center to fill requests for important books. In addition, our collection of 1.5 million books was physically deteriorating, as pages and bindings yellowed and crumbled.
With the help of state-of-the-art technology, every title in the Center’s collection has now been scanned, page by page, creating permanent computer files that can be readily reprinted, on demand, as high-quality, affordable new books.
To read more about the Spielberg Library, click here.