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The first of its kind, this anthology showcases women's writing previously available only in Yiddish. A book of voices from an almost forgotten female heritage, it features eighteen writers who speak powerfully of the events that shaped their lives.


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The first of its kind, this anthology showcases women's writing previously available only in Yiddish. A book of voices from an almost forgotten female heritage, it features eighteen writers who speak powerfully of the events that shaped their lives.

30 review for Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Of all the books I read this semester for my course on women and religion, this was one of the most difficult. First of all the material was translated from Yiddish to English. More importantly, I believe that many of the stories were translated without assistance from the authors. I think reading translations is often difficult because the words from one language may not be available in another language. Another reason it was difficult is that many of the authors' experiences are completely fore Of all the books I read this semester for my course on women and religion, this was one of the most difficult. First of all the material was translated from Yiddish to English. More importantly, I believe that many of the stories were translated without assistance from the authors. I think reading translations is often difficult because the words from one language may not be available in another language. Another reason it was difficult is that many of the authors' experiences are completely foreign to me. I did not grow up in a shetel, I did not have to survive immigration or the holocaust. Although I like reading about new worlds and different experiences, I had a hard time relating to some of these stories. That said, I am grateful to the women who put this anthology together. These are stories that could have been easily lost. Everyday we lose links to the past and many of these women had gone on to do other things. I am amazed that these tales could be found, recovered and translated. A couple of the stories will stay with me because they were so haunting. I keep returning to end of "The road of no return". I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Jewish history. Readers with more knowledge of that history would probably find this an easier read than I did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nomy

    this book is just unbelievable. it make me feel connected to the yiddishe speaking women in my family who are all gone now. these women are such fierce, poetic, unapologetic writers. right now i'm in a section with holocaust stories in it, one where a family has to self-select who to send to the nazis. the grandma knows they want her to go but they won't say it... fucking gut wrenching. and another about a survivor living in new york who is drawn to a queer woman she meets but too afraid to try this book is just unbelievable. it make me feel connected to the yiddishe speaking women in my family who are all gone now. these women are such fierce, poetic, unapologetic writers. right now i'm in a section with holocaust stories in it, one where a family has to self-select who to send to the nazis. the grandma knows they want her to go but they won't say it... fucking gut wrenching. and another about a survivor living in new york who is drawn to a queer woman she meets but too afraid to try to love... ugh, this shit brings up this ferocity in me that wishes it had a language and a space to go. i wish i could talk to these women. i wish my aunt ina was alive still. i was also really moved by the story about the woman who wants to be a dancer but instead gets married and moves to the u.s. and has a bunch of kids, she never even remembers that she dreams often about dancing, flying through the air, until one day something triggers the memory and she confuses her dreams with reality, she believes that she has always been able to fly through the air and just lost the ability, people think she is crazy so she just stops talking... there are happy stories too, passionate women involved with radical organizing in the bund, reunions between estranged family members and old friends... but also lots of anger, bitterness at being born female and lack of options, being trapped in unchosen unwanted roles... these are battle-scarred women who didn't shut up, who helped create the genre of yiddish literature but were locked out of the "canon" by men who wanted to "legitimize" the genre. i am so grateful that this volume exists. maybe some day i will be able to read them in yiddish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Women were writing Yiddish stories alongside Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer and I.L. Peretz -- both in Eastern Europe and New York's Lower East Side -- but very few were translated until many decades later. This anthology, with stories from a dozen women writers including Yente Serdatsky Blume Lempe and Rachel Korn, reveals the inner lives of women from the shtetls to the sweatshops, cruel marriages and passionate love affairs, and women, young and old, trying to break free from a patria Women were writing Yiddish stories alongside Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer and I.L. Peretz -- both in Eastern Europe and New York's Lower East Side -- but very few were translated until many decades later. This anthology, with stories from a dozen women writers including Yente Serdatsky Blume Lempe and Rachel Korn, reveals the inner lives of women from the shtetls to the sweatshops, cruel marriages and passionate love affairs, and women, young and old, trying to break free from a patriarchy and smothering tradition.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dillon

    It was interesting to read the stories and memoirs of women from the world of Yiddish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Socket Klatzker

    So glad this book exists. The marriage focus and melodramatic tone of the authors really gave me an idea of what life was like for the way ass brave writers of the few stories I read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  7. 4 out of 5

    L**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lena Benenstein

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chirine

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hiram

  11. 4 out of 5

    philip r. albert

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dusty

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ilana Dodelson

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel M

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anastasiya Krachkovska

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly Beth

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leora Freedman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess O

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Galya P

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jay Resnick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Borod

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Righettini

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