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As always, Dr. Hirsh provided an enjoyable and educational journey back in time to the Jewish Catskills. She did an excellent job bringing to life and explaining the rationale behind the emergence of the Borscht Belt phenomenon. From the food and the activities, to the entertainment and architecture, she provided an engaging survey of life in the bungalow colonies, hotels and resorts alike between the 1940s and 1970s. Dr. Hirsh's use of archival photographs, post cards and maps was, as usual, very well curated. Her personal anecdotes brought the lecture alive, and it was nice to hear other participants share their memories as well. Looking forward to her Holocaust Cinema course in November! A++
Wonderful look back to a time that I participated in as a child and later as an adult. Did not know about the large number of facilities in that region. Visited Kutsher’s Hotel by invitation and witnessed first hand the basketball talent. Loved the presentation.
Dr, Hirsh put together an interesting overview of the origins, hey day, and demise of the Borscht Belt era. A bit more than needed on the specifics of the larger resorts, not a riveting presentation, but good information and fun video interludes.