Czernowitz at 100: The First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective

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Czernowitz at 100 represents a collection based on the proceedings of a 2008 international conference convened at York University in Toronto. Each chapter looks back at a portion over a long century, one marked with the mass migration of Ashkenazi Jews across the globe, two world wars, the Holocaust, the birth of Israel, and the rise and fall of the Soviet bloc. They assess the achievements and fate of those who participated in the 1908 Yiddish Language Conference that was held at Czernowitz, now known as ...

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Czernowitz at 100: The First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective

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Overview

Czernowitz at 100 represents a collection based on the proceedings of a 2008 international conference convened at York University in Toronto. Each chapter looks back at a portion over a long century, one marked with the mass migration of Ashkenazi Jews across the globe, two world wars, the Holocaust, the birth of Israel, and the rise and fall of the Soviet bloc. They assess the achievements and fate of those who participated in the 1908 Yiddish Language Conference that was held at Czernowitz, now known as Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Featuring contributions from a new generation of scholars re-examining eastern European Jewish life, the successes and failures of the Yiddishist movement are examined. The contributors discuss how Yiddishism—a fascinating example of language-based nationalism—shaped the political and cultural landscape of territorially dispersed Jews across Eastern Europe and the world during the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

Joshua A. Fishman
This is a fresh effort to extract new meaning from a famous 100 year-old conference focusing on Yiddish: new ideas and new contributions both from several well known 'suspects' as well as from some who will doubtlessly get to be better known.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739140697
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Fogel is a Canada Research Chair and professor of history at York University in Toronto, Canada. Keith Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and associate professor of history at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. The Czernowitz Conference: Contexts, Ironies, and the Verdict of Jewish History Part 4 I. Politics, Language and Ideology Chapter 5 2. A Tale of Two Photographs: Nathan Birnbaum, the Election of 1907 and the 1908 Yiddish Language Conference Chapter 6 3. Peretz's Commitment to Yiddish in Czernowitz: A National Caprice? Chapter 7 4. Mother tongue, Mame-loshn, and Kulturshprakh: The Tension between Populism and Elitism in the Language Ideology of Noah Prylucki Part 8 II. Literature and the Arts Chapter 9 5. Y. L. Peretz and the Politics of Yiddish Chapter 10 6. Reclaiming Czernowitz in Aharon Appelfeld's Flowers of Darkness Chapter 11 7. Dem Oyle Regls Tokhter: The Poetic Pilgrimage of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman Chapter 12 8. The Painter as Ethnographer: Maurycy Minkowski and the European Yiddish Intelligentsia before World War I Part 13 III. The Legacy of Czernowitz Chapter 14 9. The Success of the Czernowitz Yiddish Conference: Setting the Agenda for Yiddish Language Planning in the Twentieth Century Chapter 15 10. From Czernowitz to Paris: The International Yiddish Culture Congress of 1937 Chapter 16 11. Yiddishism in Canadian Garb Part 17 IV. Appendices Chapter 18 12. The Nathan and Solomon Birnbaum Archives, Toronto Chapter 19 13. Mates Mieses's Defense of the Yiddish Language

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