What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine

What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine

by Yael Chaver
     
 

In a study that reflects her Israeli background with "Yiddishlands" roots, Chaver (Yiddish, U. of California, Berkeley) challenges mainstream history claims that the state of Israel totally repudiated Yiddish culture when Zionists chose Hebrew as the national language. Critiquing this rebirth narrative in light of polysystem theory, she examines how Zionists…  See more details below

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In a study that reflects her Israeli background with "Yiddishlands" roots, Chaver (Yiddish, U. of California, Berkeley) challenges mainstream history claims that the state of Israel totally repudiated Yiddish culture when Zionists chose Hebrew as the national language. Critiquing this rebirth narrative in light of polysystem theory, she examines how Zionists appropriated pre-modern and modern Yiddish fiction and poetry. Photos feature early Zionist settlers, art, and a 1927 poster protesting the establishment of Yiddish studies at Hebrew University-Jerusalem. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Shofar
"To tell the story of loss is to create presence. This seems to be the cardinal rule behind Yael Chaver’s lovingly rendered world of Yiddish letters in the Yishuv. What Must Be Forgotten is a beautiful and important book, uncovering and resuscitating a part of Yishuv experience which was, as the author demonstrates, a more essential part of life than mainstream historiography would have us believe."
Choice
"This is a story worth telling, and Chaver may be the most qualified scholar in the world to tell it."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815630500
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art Ser.
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.60(d)

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