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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Jewish Public Library's Yiddish audio collection to go digital

Thousands of hours of Yiddish audio books and literary programming taped at the Jewish Public Library from at least the early 1950s are about to enter the digital age. They are a rare, if not unique, treasure of the Jewish people, in the opinion of scholars, and should be made available to everyone. The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., has embarked on a two-year project to remaster and digitize these cassettes and older reel-to-reel tapes and put them online where they may be heard free of charge anywhere in the world

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