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Yosl Birshteyn (1920-2003) may have been the last Jewish writer to have inhabited a creative life in two Jewish national languages: Yiddish and Hebrew. Not only did he write and publish in each, but he also mastered the art of storytelling in both as well. He never simply spoke; he was a raconteur whose every anecdote was a performance. In 1994, towards the end of his career, Birshteyn gave an in-depth video interview about his life and work to the editor-in-chief of the Forverts, Boris Sandler, from which this film is drawn.

Directed by Boris Sandler, 53 minutes. Yiddish with English subtitles.


Yiddish Writers Monologues: Yosl Birshteyn


An in-depth look at the life and work of Yiddish and Hebrew literary master Yosl Birshteyn. Directed by Forverts editor-in-chief, Boris Sandler.

Co-presented with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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