Yiddish in German-Jewish Culture : Middle Ages to WW2

with Dr Aya Elyada Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Classes & Courses

From the Middle Ages and up to the modern era, Yiddish served the Jews in the German lands as the spoken language and also as a written language, in which a large and multicolored corpus of literature was created. As German Jews gradually adopted German as their main language, from the late eighteenth century onwards, Yiddish lost its place as the German-Jewish vernacular. Yet Yiddish literature and cultural heritage nonetheless continued to play an important role in modern German-Jewish culture, in the form of popular translations, annotated anthologies, philological studies, and literary surveys. 

Drawing on a wide range of examples, this lecture explores the long and turbulent history of Yiddish within German-Jewish culture from pre-modern times and up to the Second World War. This lecture is part of the Hebrew University Centenary Lecture Series in partnership with JW3 and given in memory of Thea Zucker z”l, a devoted supporter of the Hebrew University’s Belgian Friends.

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JW3
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