Yiddish

Yiddish

A Nation of Words

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
THIS FIRST-EVER popular history of Yiddish is so full of life that it reads like a biography of the language.
For a thousand years Yiddish was the glue that held a people together. Through the intimacies of daily use, it linked European Jews with their heroic past, their spiritual universe, their increasingly far-flung relations. In it they produced one of the world's most richly human cultures.
Impoverished and disenfranchised in the eyes of the world, Yiddish-speakers created their own alternate reality - wealthy in appreciation of the varieties of human behavior, spendthrift in humor, brilliantly inventive in maintaining and strengthening community. For a people of exile, the language took the place of a nation. The written and spoken word formed the Yiddishland that never came to be. Words were army, university, city-state, territory. They were a people's home.
The tale, which has never before been told, is nothing short of miraculous - the saving of a people through speech. It ranges far beyond Europe, from North America to Israel to the Russian-Chinese border, and from the end of the first millenium to the present day. This book requires no previous knowledge of Yiddish or of Jewish history - just a curious mind and an open heart.
“Yes God we are your chosen people. But why did you have to choose us?”--(Yiddish saying)

Baker & Taylor
A compelling history of Yiddish takes readers deep into Eastern Europe to explore the origins of this unique and enduring language. 25,000 first printing.

Book News
Yiddish was standard fare where documentary filmmaker turned freelance journalist Wienstein grew up in the Bronx after World War II. Rather than mourn a language that flourished for a thousand years and has become all but extinct in one generation, she offers a history of it pivoting on the people who spoke and wrote it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A history of Yiddish takes readers deep into Eastern Europe to explore the origins of this unique and enduring language.

Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586420277
1586420275
Branch Call Number: 439.109 W
Characteristics: xiii, 303 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,23 cm

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