Item Details

A Bridge of Books

directed by Sam Ball
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
In 1939, Yiddish was the spoken language of three-quarters of the world's Jews. But when leading Jewish scholars convened in 1980, they estimated that only 70,000 Yiddish books remained in the world. This engaging, often funny documentary film chronicles the adventures of an enterprising 23-year-old named Aaron Lansky, who rallied together an international network of volunteers and set out to rescue the world s Yiddish books. Twenty year later, the National Yiddish Book Center had collected 1.5 million Yiddish books and helped save a rich, diverse, and surprisingly modern literature from oblivion. With rare archival images, and a lyrical portrayal of the National Yiddish Book Center's warehouse and cultural complex, A Bridge of Books celebrates a pursuit that has become a powerful vehicle for the transmission of history, culture and identity across several generations. An inspiring reminder of the role that libraries play in preserving cultures.
Director
Sam Ball
Release Date
2006
Run Time
15 min.
Language
English
Rating
For College; Adult audiences
Series
Filmakers Library Online
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2006.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (15 min.)
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