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Preservation of Lithuanian Yiddish Video Archives
Prof. Hirshe-Dovid Katz (Dovid) is the son of the Yiddish writer Menke Katz (1906-1991), a native of Švencionys who emigrated to Israel and the U.S. Dovid was born in Brooklyn and received a Ph.D. in Yiddish from the University of London. Dovid was teaching at Oxford University when the Soviet Union collapsed; and soon after he began teaching at Vilnius University.
For 30 years, from 1990 until 2020, Dovid interviewed many native Jewish and non-Jewish speakers of Litvish-Yiddish who lived in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, and elsewhere. All of these interviews were recorded, and most were video-recorded.
Each of those whom he interviewed during the 30-year period has passed away; and the older audio-recordings are beginning to deteriorate. Preserving the interview recordings now is of great importance. For this reason, in 2020 Dovid launched the Lithuanian-Yiddish Video Archives project to digitize the hundreds of hours of recordings and make them available for free to the public and researchers. The interviews are currently posted online.
RLI and the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation have joined with others to support this important preservation work.