🔗 YIDDISH GLORY: HOW A GRAMMY NOMINATION SPRANG FROM A CANADIAN PROF’S CHANCE DISCOVERY

'Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II' nominated in World Music Grammy category

Professor Anna Shternshis in her office at the University of Toronto. Her research discovery led to the making of the Grammy-nominated album 'Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II.' (Anand Ram/CBC)

When Yiddish Studies Professor Anna Shternshis was sifting through documents at the Verdansky National Library of Ukraine in the early 2000s, the idea that her work would lead to a scholarly breakthrough and a Grammy-nominated album in 2019 was inconceivable.

Shternshis, who teaches at the University of Toronto, was working on a project about the decline of Yiddish in the Soviet Union when a librarian directed her to a barely-catalogued batch of songs.

“It seemed really strange to me that none of the songs looked familiar,” Shternshis says.

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