ביילע שעכטער-גאטעסמאן [videorecording] : הארבסטליד = Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman : song of autumn / a film by Josh Waletzky ; produced by the League for Yiddish by Sheva Zucker
New York : League for Yiddish, c2007.
Video — 1 videodisc (approx. 72 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Bella Schaechter-Gottesman, one of the few living Yiddish poets and songwriters, speaks about her life and work. Born in Vienna, Austria, she was raised in pre-war Chernovitz, Romania, one of the centers of Yiddish intellectual culture. She survived the Holocaust in the ghetto in Chernovitz and came to the United States in 1951. Active as a teacher and songwriter, she also began to write poetry and gained a reputation as one of America's premier Yiddish poets. Many of her songs cover a wide range of subjects from subway musicians, to personal reminiscences, to descriptions of street life in her hometown, the Bronx. The renaissance of klezmer music in the United States allowed her large repertoire of traditional and original material to be performed by many artists including Theodore Bikel, Adrienne Cooper, and Michael Alpert. In 2005, Bella Schaechter-Gottesman was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's top honor for folk arts, from the National Endowment for the Arts.