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The Resource The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews, Neal Karlen

The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews, Neal Karlen

Label
The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews
Title
The story of Yiddish
Title remainder
how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews
Statement of responsibility
Neal Karlen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Yiddish is a mirror of Jewish history, thought, and practice--for better and worse. Karlen charts the beginning of Yiddish as a minor dialect in medieval Europe that helped peasant Jews live safely apart from the marauders of the First Crusades. Incorporating a large measure of antique German dialects, Yiddish also included little scraps of French, Italian, ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, the Slavic and Romance languages, and a dozen other tongues native to the places where Jews were briefly given shelter. By 1939, Yiddish flourished as the lingua franca of 13 million Jews. After the Holocaust, whatever remained of Yiddish, its worldview and vibrant culture, was almost stamped out--by Jews themselves. Yiddish was an old-world embarrassment for Americans anxious to assimilate. In Israel, young, proud Zionists suppressed Yiddish as the symbol of the weak and frightened ghetto-bound Jew--and invented modern Hebrew. Today, a new generation has zealously sought to explore the language and to embrace its soul. This renaissance has spread to millions of non-Jews who now know the subtle difference between a shlemiel and a shlimazel; hundreds of Yiddish words dot the most recent editions of the Oxford English Dictionary
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Karlen, Neal
Dewey number
439/.109
Index
no index present
LC call number
PJ5113
LC item number
.K37 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish language
Label
The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews, Neal Karlen
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223078071108
  • 31223078071132
  • 31223901720483
  • 31223078071116
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-324)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 324 p.
Isbn
9780060837112
Lccn
2008002364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 191024102
  • (OCoLC)191024102
Label
The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews, Neal Karlen
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223078071108
  • 31223078071132
  • 31223901720483
  • 31223078071116
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-324)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 324 p.
Isbn
9780060837112
Lccn
2008002364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 191024102
  • (OCoLC)191024102

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