When she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."
Her collecting usually takes her to a suburban garage, where the grandchildren of immigrants are giving away bubbe's old Yiddish books to make way for the bicycles. The work is hardly glamorous, but Koral, in her 40s, finds it a "profound connection" to her late parents, survivors of the Holocaust and the Stalinist gulags who spoke to her only in Yiddish.