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Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe. We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far-flung cities and found a self-governing Yiddish world. By its late-medieval heyday, this economically successful, intellectually adventurous, and self-aware society stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Kriwaczek traces, too, the slow decline of Yiddish culture in Europe and Russia, and highlights fresh offshoots in the New World.Combining family anecdote, travelogue, original research, and a keen understanding of Yiddish art and literature, Kriwaczek gives us an exceptional portrait of a culture which, though nearly extinguished, has an influential radiance still.

About the Author

Paul Kriwaczek was born in Vienna in 1937 and, with his parents, narrowly escaped the Nazis in 1939, fleeing first to Switzerland and then to England. He grew up in London and graduated from London Hospital Medical College. After several years spent working and traveling in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, he joined the BBC, where he spent the next quarter of a century as a program producer and filmmaker. Since leaving television in the 1990s, he has devoted himself to writing full-time, catching up on the unfinished business of a life spent exploring places, times, and ideas. He is married and lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Maps

Introduction

1 Bist a Yid?

Roots schmoots!

Nostalgie de la boue

2 The Jews of Rome

A basket and a truss of hay

3 From the Mediterranean to the Baltic

As strange as a circumcised unicorn

Sennan and zippan

4 The Remaking of Western Europe

Charless elephant

New borders, new allegiances

Drang nach osten

5 At the Crossroads

In every castle a king

A blessing upon mieszko, king of poland

6 The New Yiddish World

The language

The literature

The religion

The scholarly tradition

7 Political Consolidation

Landowners, merchants, artisans, servants

At the jewish inn

8 The Reformation

Hussites

Luther

Now a miracle happened

9 The Yiddish Renaissance

Cracow

Prague

Dovid gans

10 Wide Horizons

Wealth and honour

The great divide

11 The Deluge

The cossacks

Poverty and disgrace

12 Decline . . .

Who permits the forbidden

The holy creed of edom

The famous baal shem tov,

May his light long shine

Oppose them strongly

13 . . . and Fall

The “jewish problem”

Words that fall on us like lashes

Shakespearean tragedy

14 A Winter Flowering

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033775
Author:
Kriwaczek, Paul
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
History
Subject:
Yiddish language -- History.
Subject:
Jews - Europe, Central - Civilization
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
history;judaism;judaica;eastern europe;jews;non-fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP andW, 5 MAPS
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.8 in 0.8 lb

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