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At 100 years old, novelist’s granddaughter is still telling stories

Someone sent me a video of a senior lecturer at Hunter College. Senior? She’s 100 years old.

Her name is Belle Kaufmann and she’s a granddaughter of the foremost Yidish storyteller, Sholom Aleichem. 

Watch her here.


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  1. What a beautiful story. And unfortunately I haven’t read anything he wrote yet. I’ll go hit the book stores tomorrow! ;-)

  2. Wonderful.

  3. FYI, Norman, it’s spelled “Bel Kaufman,” and she’s a fine writer in her own right, notably of the well-regarded (in the US, at least) novel Up the Down Staircase.

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