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On the Road, Back in the Old Country
Memories and Maps of a Yiddish Dialectologist
Mar 8 2011

Dr. Dovid Katz
Introduction by Dr. Adina Cimet

This annual lecture honors Naomi Prawer Kadar, Ph.D. (1949-2010), z"l, an inspiring educator, a devoted researcher and scholar, and a true visionary. The annual lecture aims to explore Naomi's passions for academic research around topics of Yiddish language and linguistics, the history of Yiddish, Yiddish children's literature and education.

For more information about the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation visit

Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Dovid Katz, then a student in New York, began to look for elderly Yiddish informants from the Lithuanian (Litvak) lands. When the Soviet Union collapsed and it became possible to carry out expeditions "in the old country," Dovid began to conduct one or two expeditions a year. In 1999, he relocated to Lithuania and was able to continue the project on a much more intensive basis.

At his YIVO lecture, Dovid spoke about some of his adventures on the road, particularly in Belarus and Lithuania, over the last two decades, and he showed some maps. He will also discussed everyday life, beliefs and opinions, and hardships of the people he has met on the way.

On the Road, Back in the Old Country Video