Co-sponsored by the Toronto Workmen's Circle, Committee for Yiddish UJA Federation & Friends of Yiddish in Toronto.
Sunday November 6 at 2:00pm
At the Workmen's Circle Centre – 471 Lawrence Ave W
Dr. Goldie Morgentaler
The Yiddish-Canadian Writer in the Post-Holocaust World: A Tribute to Chava Rosenfarb
Dr. Goldie Morgentaler will discuss the unique body of work produced by her late mother, Chava Rosenfarb, z”l, a prolific Yiddish writer of Holocaust literature who was a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto. She authored numerous volumes of prose and poetry, most notably, The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto. Through her writings, she expressed her sense of personal accountability to those Yiddish speakers who perished and to those who survived, by bearing witness to their suffering in their language. By writing about the Holocaust in Yiddish, Rosenfarb felt herself to be responsible to maintain the language of the lost community of which she had once been a part and to which she held herself accountable.
Dr. Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Chava Rosenfarb, is an award-winning translator. She is a professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where she teaches nineteenth-century British and American literature. She has translated numerous Yiddish literary works into English and is the translator for much of her mother's work.
The lecture will be delivered in primarily in English, accompanied by readings in Yiddish of selections from Rosenfarb’s poetry and prose.