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On Foreign Soil: Book marries Yiddish language with stories of WWI
Broadcast May 17, 2001

On Foreign Soil book coverMartin Green is the force behind an unusual literary creation.

Green, a mechanical engineer by profession, has translated a book called "On Foreign Soil", written originally in Yiddish by Falk Zolf. (Mr. Zolf, by the way, is the father of well-known Canadian journalist, Larry Zolf.)

It's about coming of age during the First World War in Russia. The translation is designed to tell the story, and at the same time, teach Yiddish.

Listen to host Shelagh Rogers' conversation with Martin Green.
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About the book (and related stories):

  • On Foreign Soil - official site, with more information about the book, including excerpts.
  • "Mayn Zikhroynos", Volume II - here you can read the memoirs of Yekhezkal Kotik, published shortly before the First World War, provide a fascinating picture of Jewish life in the nineteenth century.

About the Yiddish language:

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