Yiddish: A Nation of Words

Yiddish: A Nation of Words

by Miriam Weinstein


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ISBN-13: 9780345447302
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,256,836
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Miriam Weinstein grew up in the Bronx following World War II, a time and place where Yiddish was standard fare. Once a documentary filmmaker, she is now a freelance journalist whose features have won several awards from the New England Press Association. Her other books include The Surprising Power of Family Meals, also available from Steerforth Press.

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Copyright 2002 by Miriam Weinstein

Table of Contents

Cast of Charactersxii
A Note on Yiddish Spellingxiii
Map of Yiddish Landsxiv
Introduction: Talking Jewish1
Part 1.Birth and Growth
Chapter 1.Long as the Jewish Exile9
Chapter 2.Poland: Rest Here25
Chapter 3.Shtetl: A Separate World32
Chapter 4.Enlightenment and Hasidism: The Head and the Heart42
Part 2.The Modern Era
Chapter 5.Eastern Europe: Opening the Gates57
Chapter 6.The Road to Czernowitz: The Politics of Language71
Chapter 7.Russia: Kissed by a Thief84
Chapter 8.The Soviet Union: Marching and Singing to Birobidzhan100
Chapter 9.Israel: Language Wars in the Holy Land112
Chapter 10.America: The Golden Land129
Chapter 11.Poland: Drinking in the World146
Chapter 12.Eastern Europe: Language as History160
Part 3.Annihilation
Chapter 13.Singing in the Face of Death173
Part 4.Aftermath
Chapter 14.Europe: Life from the Ashes191
Chapter 15.America: Golden Land, Goyish Land202
Chapter 16.Russia: The Heartthrob Yiddish Poet217
Chapter 17.Israel: A New Nation, a New Tongue229
Part 5.Present and Future
Chapter 18.Europe and Israel: Bulletins from Now241
Chapter 19.America: Preserving Tomorrow's Song257

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This book is easy to read, it taught me the history I've always wondered about while keeping me interested. The small 'yiddishisms' and stories, kept the book light and fun. I couldn't put it down! I have always been interested in Jewish studies but never studied it formally. This was a great introduction.