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Yiddish in Weimar Berlin : at the crossroads of diaspora politics and culture /
edited by Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov.
imprint
London : Modern Humanities Research Association ; Leeds : Maney Pub., 2010.
description
xv, 270 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1906540705, 9781906540708
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imprint
London : Modern Humanities Research Association ; Leeds : Maney Pub., 2010.
isbn
1906540705
9781906540708
contents note
Introduction : Yiddish on the Spree / Gennady Estraikh -- Deciphering the hieroglyphics of the metropolis : literary topographies of Berlin in Hebrew and Yiddish modernism / Shachar Pinsker -- A Yiddish poet engages with German society : A.N. Stencl's Weimar period / Heather Valencia -- 'Like fires in overgrown forests' : Moyshe Kulbak's contemporary Berlin poetics / Jordan Finkin -- Belarus in Berlin, Berlin in Belarus : Moyshe Kulbak's Raysn and Meshiekh ben-Efrayim between nostalgia and apocalypse / Marc Caplan -- 'The air outside is bloody' : Leyb Kvitko and his pogrom cycle 1919 / Sabine Koller -- A warm morning gown and a shawl from Berlin : Liebe Zaltsman's Yiddish letters to Helene Koigen / Verena Dohrn -- The Berlin bureau of the New York Forvets / Gennady Estraikh -- Max Weinreich in Weimar Germany / Amy Blau -- Reports from the 'Republic Lear' : David Eynhorn in Weimar Berlin 1920-24 / Anne-Christin Sass -- Jewish universalism, the Yiddish encyclopedia, and the Nazi rise to power / Barry Trachtenberg -- Yiddish, the storyteller, and German-Jewish modernism : a new look at Alfred Döblin in the 1920s / Jonathan Skolnik -- Between literature and history : Israel Joshua Singer's Berlin novel The family Carnovsky as a cul-de-sac of the German-Jewish 'symbiosis' / Elvira Grözinger -- Unkind mirrors : Berlin in three Yiddish novels of the 1930s / Mikhail Krutikov.
catalogue key
7257912
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gennady Estraikh is Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies, New York University. Mikhail Krutikov is Assistant Professor of Jewish-Slavic Relations at the University of Michigan.
Reviews
Review Quotes
To be commended for keeping alive the names, literary output, and civilization of a Yiddish world that is lost forever.
There are many interesting articles in this volume. It is clear that in this brief period of flourishing Yiddish cultural activity there is much to disentangle. Berlin is a cultural and political hub in the Weimar period. An influx of multilingual Jews... enter a German Jewish world within a German world. Each of these 'migrants' arrives with existing cultural attachments into a war-time/post-war landscape which is signalling all kinds of modernisms. Some Yiddish writers in Berlin acknowledge the city in their literary work, others do not or only minimally. Berlin often emerges later once writers have moved elsewhere and begin to 'recreate their past'.
In the 1920s, Yiddish was more than just a lingua franca for East European Jewish migrs; it was also a language of high culture, as demonstrated by a brilliant new book, Yiddish in Weimar Berlin: At the Crossroads of Diaspora Politics and Culture.
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Summaries
Long Description
Berlin emerged from the First World War as a multicultural European capital of immigration from the former Russian Empire, and while Russian emigres spread westward in the 1920s, a thriving East European Jewish community remained. Jewish intellectuals and activists participated vigorously in German cultural and political debate. Multilingual Jewish journalists, writers, actors and artists, invigorated by the creative atmosphere of the city, radically modernized Jewish culture. Even after 1933, Berlin remained a vital presence in Jewish cultural memory, as is testified by the works of Sholem Asch, Israel Joshua Singer, Zalman Shneour, Moyshe Kulbak, Uri Zvi Grinberg and Meir Viner. The story of Yiddish culture in Weimar Berlin is a case study in the development of Europe as a multilingual and multiethnic society. But it is a complex story, mixing integration with separateness. This book combines contributions on history and culture by an international team of leading scholars with representative samples of Yiddish poetry, prose and journalism from Weimar Berlin.
Main Description
Berlin emerged from the First World War as a multicultural European capital of immigration from the former Russian Empire, and while many Russian emigrs moved to France and other countries in the 1920s, a thriving east European Jewish community remained. Yiddish-speaking intellectuals and activists participated vigorously in German cultural and political debate. Multilingual Jewish journalists, writers, actors and artists, invigorated by the creative atmosphere of the city, formed an environment which facilitated exchange between the main centres of Yiddish culture: eastern Europe, North America and Soviet Russia. All this came to an end with the Nazi rise to power in 1933, but Berlin remained a vital presence in Jewish cultural memory, as is testified by the works of Sholem Asch, Israel Joshua Singer, Zalman Shneour, Moyshe Kulbak, Uri Zvi Grinberg and Meir Wiener.This volume includes contributions by an international team of leading scholars dealing with various aspects of history, arts and literature, which tell the dramatic story of Yiddish cultural life in Weimar Berlin as a case study in the modern European culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. x
List of Illustrationsp. xiv
Note on Transliterationp. xvi
Introduction: Yiddish on the Spreep. 1
Deciphering the Hieroglyphics of the Metropolis: Literary Topographies of Berlin in Hebrew and Yiddish Modernismp. 28
A Yiddish Poet Engages with German Society: A. N. Stencl's Weimar Periodp. 54
'Like fires in overgrown forests': Moyshe Kulbak's Contemporary Berlin Poeticsp. 73
Belarus in Berlin, Berlin in Belarus: Moyshe Kulbak's Raysn and Meshiekh ben-Efrayim between Nostalgia and Apocalypsep. 89
'The air outside is bloody': Leyb Kvitko and his Pogrom Cycle 1919p. 105
A Warm Morning Gown and a Shawl from Berlin: Liebe Zaltsman's Yiddish Letters to Helene Koigenp. 123
The Berlin Bureau of the New York Forvertsp. 141
Max Weinreich in Weimar Germanyp. 163
Reports from the 'Republic Lear': David Eynhorn in Weimar Berlin 1920-24p. 179
Jewish Universalism, the Yiddish Encyclopedia, and the Nazi Rise to Powerp. 195
Yiddish, the Storyteller, and German-Jewish Modernism: A New Look at Alfred Döblin in the 1920sp. 215
Between Literature and History: Israel Joshua Singer's Berlin Novel The Family Carnovsky as a Cul-de-Sac of the German-Jewish 'Symbiosis'p. 224
Unkind Mirrors: Berlin in Three Yiddish Novels of the 1930sp. 239
Indexp. 263
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