Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories (AHEYM) Project
The Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories (AHEYM—the acronym means "homeward" in Yiddish) includes approximately 800 hours of Yiddish-language interviews with 350 individuals, most of whom were born between 1900 and 1930. The interviews were conducted in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Slovakia.
The interviews include:
- linguistic and dialectological data
- oral histories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe
- Holocaust testimonials
- musical performances (including Yiddish folk songs, liturgical and Hasidic melodies, and macaronic songs)
- folklore, including anecdotes, jokes, stories, children's ditties, folk remedies, and Purim plays
- reflections on contemporary Jewish life in the region and
- guided tours by local residents of sites of Jewish memory in the region
The interviews address issues of Jewish life cycles, family structure, religious observance, community organization, cultural activities, education, health, recreation, cuisine, folklore, language, and linguistics. At the same time, they document and trace dialectological data in order to establish more accurate isoglosses in an effort to map out the historical division of Yiddish dialects, and to retrace the development of the Yiddish language and the dynamics of interregional connections via the spread of Hasidism, Enlightenment, and modernization.
Access the AHEYM website and blog for more information about the project.