Lingua Franca: Yiddish dead? Dying? Not yet

Yiddish is enjoying a revival, as many younger Jews are interested in familiarizing themselves with this aspect of their heritage, and would like to read the literature in the original.

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December 3, 2015 16:29
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Gilles Rozier, Moyshe Lemster, Daniel Galay, Rivka Basman, Dov Ber Kerler and Velvl Chernin in conversation. (photo credit: NA’AMA NOACH)

 
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In 1897, in response to an erroneous report in the New York Herald, Mark Twain, who was then in London, penned a note that in the tail end of the concluding sentence “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

The same can be said of Yiddish, which ever since the end of the Second World War has been reported as dead or dying.

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