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Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.

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The Fourth Child

The author reflects on his own expe­ri­ences encoun­ter­ing David Roskies in the 1960s and col­lab­o­rat­ing with him in Holo­caust remem­brance at a very dif­fer­ent time than our present con­text for the mem­o­ry and com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Holocaust.

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Double or Nothing: Jewish Speech and Silence in Georges Perec’s *W ou le souvenir d’enfance"

This arti­cle con­sid­ers the phan­tom traces of Yid­dish in Georges Perec’s W ou le sou­venir d’enfance (1975).

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Orphaned Words: Yiddish, English, and Child Speech in Postwar Cinema

Is there a Jew­ish way of not say­ing things? In fac­ing crises in lan­guage dur­ing the imme­di­ate post-Holo­caust years, film­mak­ers in Eng­lish and Yid­dish made choic­es about how to bal­ance repair and critique.

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Letters Without Addresses: Abraham Sutzkever’s Late Style

Abra­ham Sutzkev­er’s poet­ry is often read with­in the con­fines of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture”. This essays reads a selec­tion of Sutzkever’s poet­ry against the Holo­caust, against the apoc­a­lypse, and against the hori­zons of mean­ing that the label of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture” might impose.

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Split Identity: Jewish Scholarship in the Vilna Ghetto

In this essay, David Fish­man draws a com­par­i­son between yidishe visnshaft, or Jew­ish stud­ies schol­ar­ship, and Juden­forschung, the Nazi field of anti­se­mit­ic Jew­ish stud­ies used to jus­ti­fy the per­se­cu­tion and exter­mi­na­tion of Jews in sci­en­tif­ic terms.

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'Before the bow that was drawn': The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41

A trans­la­tion of the intro­duc­tion of Miri­am Schulz’s recent book, Der Beginn des Unter­gangs: Die Zer­störung der jüdis­chen Gemein­den in Polen und das Ver­mächt­nis des Wilnaer Komi­tees (“Before the bow that was drawn”: The Vil­na Komitet and its doc­u­men­ta­tion of the destruc­tion of Pol­ish Jewry).

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Yiddish and the Holocaust

It seems obvi­ous that study of the Holo­caust would need to high­light Yid­dish. Unfor­tu­nate­ly though, the study of the Holo­caust has often been pur­sued with­out the slight­est nod to Yid­dish. What is lost when Yid­dish is left out? 

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