The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the Jews (Paperback)

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A delightfully unconventional tale of a people, their place in the world, and the fascinating language that held them together.

Yiddish is an unlikely survivor of the ages, much like the Jews themselves. Incorporating antique German dialects and elements from more than a dozen other tongues, the Yiddish language bears the imprint of the many places where European Jews were briefly given shelter. Neal Karlen's unique, brashly entertaining, yet thoroughly researched telling of the language's story reveals that Yiddish is a mirror of Jewish history, thought, and practice—for better and for worse.

About the Author

Neal Karlen was speaking Yiddish at home well before he was a staff writer at Newsweek and Rolling Stone. A regular contributor to the New York Times, he has studied Yiddish at Brown University, New York's Inlingua Institute, and the University of Minnesota's Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches nonfiction writing.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060837129
ISBN-10: 0060837128
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 31st, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English