Words and Images: The Jerusalem Literacy Project

By Hana Wirth-Nesher

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Summer 2003

Video testimonies have acquired a respected and central role in our collective remembering. When the witness has survived the Holocaust or any fateful event in recent Jewish experience that shapes our sense of who we are, we accord such a document the status of history. It serves as a valuable prism through which we attempt to know the past. But what do we learn from interviewing someone whose witnessing of life we value because it is imaginary rather than historical? What do we gain from interviewing writers? This was the question I asked myself in preparation for interviewing Cynthia Ozick for "Words & Images: The Jerusalem Literary Project in Conjunction with Ben Gurion University of the Negev," an endeavor dedicated to the documentation and preservation on videotape of in-depth interviews with the leading Jewish writers and thinkers of our time.

Topic: Literature, Movies, Biography, Film, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Prell, Riv-Ellen

Volume/Issue: Summer 2003

Page Number(s): 11-12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Wirth-Nesher, Hana. Words and Images: The Jerusalem Literacy Project. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Summer 2003: 11-12. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11989


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