Yiddish Paris: staging nation and community in interwar France

Institutionalizing Yiddish Cultural Life in Paris -- Cultural and Intellectual Strongholds Are Stronger Than All Others -- Drama in Yiddish Paris -- Singing for the People and Against Fascism -- Parisian Yiddish Culture on the World's Stage -- Conclusion: From Rassemblement to Résistance -- Epi...

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Main Author: Underwood, Nicholas 1977- (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Bloomington, Indiana Indiana University Press 2022
In:Year: 2022
Reviews:[Rezension von: Underwood, Nicholas, Yiddish Paris : staging nation and community in interwar France] (2023) (Grumberg, Zoé)
Series/Journal:The modern Jewish experience
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B France / Paris / Jews / Poland / Yiddish / Intellectual life / History 1920-1950
Further subjects:B Paris (France) Ethnic relations
B Jews, Polish (France) (Paris) Intellectual life
B Yiddishists (France) (Paris) Intellectual life
B Yiddish language (France) (Paris)
B Jews (France) (Paris) History 20th century
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Summary:Institutionalizing Yiddish Cultural Life in Paris -- Cultural and Intellectual Strongholds Are Stronger Than All Others -- Drama in Yiddish Paris -- Singing for the People and Against Fascism -- Parisian Yiddish Culture on the World's Stage -- Conclusion: From Rassemblement to Résistance -- Epilogue: The Marianne of Yiddishland
"Yiddish Paris explores how Yiddish-speaking emigrants from Eastern Europe in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s created a Yiddish diaspora nation in Western Europe and how they presented that nation to themselves and to others in France. In this meticulously researched and first full-length study of interwar Yiddish culture in France, author Nicholas Underwood argues that the emergence of a Yiddish Paris was depended on "culture makers," mostly left-wing Jews from Socialist and Communist backgrounds who created cultural and scholarly organizations and institutions, including the French branch of YIVO (a research institution focused on East European Jews), theater troupes, choruses, and a pavilion at the Paris World's Fair of 1937. Yiddish Paris examines how these left-wing Yiddish-speaking Jews insisted that even in France, a country known for demanding the assimilation of immigrant and minority groups, they could remain a distinct group, part of a transnational Yiddish-speaking Jewish nation. Yet, in the process, they in fact created a French-inflected version of Jewish diaspora nationalism, finding allies among French intellectuals, largely on the left"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:025305978X