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Lecture: Michael Wex, NYC, 23 Dec 2015

ייִדיש– דַײטש אויף צו להכעיס די דַײטשן Yiddish: German to Spite the Germans, a lecture with Michael Wex

Wednesday, December 23, 6:00pm
Mid-Manhattan Library, New York Public Library (NYPL)
455 5th Ave,
New York, New York 10016

A look at how and why Jews living in German-speaking areas turned a thoroughly Christianized language into a vehicle for Jewish ideas and values. Although Yiddish shares most of its vocabulary with German, it was never really “German.” Many innocent-looking Yiddish terms and idioms express profound opposition to the German, i.e., Christian, worldview; we’ll see how the fundamental ironies produced by such opposition contributed to the development of the characteristic Yiddish sense of humor. No knowledge of either Yiddish or German is required.

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