A Letter to Mother

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011

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  3. Admission

    Members: $7
    Non-members: $10

A Letter to Mother (1939) is one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion. The plot centers around the story of a mother’s persistent efforts to support her family, while her husband moves to America. After her family is pulled apart by severe poverty and the turmoil of WWI, she finally makes her way to New York in hopes of a better future. A Letter to Mother was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best Yiddish films to reach America. It was the highest grossing Yiddish film of its time.

Discussant: Eric Goldman, Adjunct Professor of Cinema, Yeshiva University.