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Monday, August 18, 2008

so much to tell, so little time!

This is a short post from a couple of days ago that I only had time to save as a draft before the computer shut down. Much more in next post.

It's hard to believe this project is almost over. i just don't have enough time to relate even all the highlights. Only 15 minutes today til the internet cafe closes at 10. so will squeeze in what I can.

We just came from the openng ceremonies of the Centenary Yiddish Conference, held in the Marble Hall of the university, a spectacular three story high room with painted ceilings, huge chandelier, etc. Person after person made speeches. The ones who spoke in Russian or Ukrainian were translated into eEnglish, but the ones who spoke in Yiddish weren't. Which makes sense, but made it hard for me to understand anything. The German speakers in our group understood most everything, as Yiddish is quite close to German.

This is the 100th anniversary of the first Yiddish Confersnce held here in 1908. I wonder what the world Yiddish speaking population now is compared to then.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Joanna,

reading your diary I feel that Czernowitz became a similar experience as it became for me when I was there the first time. It might be even more important for you because you have relatives who originate from there. It's a wonderful place, isn't it?

I wish you a pleasent journey to Krakow. If you have any questions while travelling, please don't hestitate to call me!

Good luck, have a nice trip! Hope to hear from you soon.