Yiddish - a struggle for survival

J.E.Richardson J.E.Richardson at LBORO.AC.UK
Thu Dec 4 12:36:12 UTC 2008

Dear all,
this is a fascinating documentary produced by the BBC - there is also a shorter audioslide show linked to this page, which I found very interesting. The programme will expire in 3 days:

Dennis Marks sets out to discover what has become of Yiddish, a language which at its height is estimated to have been spoken by more than ten million people. He travels to New York and hears from the publisher of The Forward, once the world's most popular Yiddish newspaper but now in seemingly terminal decline. And he explores the enormous influence of Yiddish culture on American life, its literature and comedic tradition.

John E Richardson
Dept of Social Sciences
Loughborough University 
+44(0)1509 228874

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