Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation (2020)

Yiddish Civilisation The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire when Jewish culture first spread to Europe We see the burgeoning exile popu
  • Title: Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation
  • Author: Paul Kriwaczek
  • ISBN: 9781400033775
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far flung cities and found a self governing Yiddish world By its late medieval heyday, thiPaul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far flung cities and found a self governing Yiddish world By its late medieval heyday, this economically successful, intellectually adventurous, and self aware society stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea Kriwaczek traces, too, the slow decline of Yiddish culture in Europe and Russia, and highlights fresh offshoots in the New World.Combining family anecdote, travelogue, original research, and a keen understanding of Yiddish art and literature, Kriwaczek gives us an exceptional portrait of a culture which, though nearly extinguished, has an influential radiance still.
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    1. Sheynere ligt man in drerd They bury better looking Isn t that a very London thing to say As a German and English speaker, I can read it, with a little thought As a Londoner well, estuary at least I can imagine hearing someone say it on the streets of my home city Or of New York Or of Berlin If you come from any of these places, you can only with difficulty remain unaware that Jews, and Yiddish speaking Jews in particular, are one of the foundational communities that lend the city is characteris [...]

    2. An engaging discussion of the development of a fundamental and unique civilisation in Europe which as the title of this book aptly hints at is quite forgotten by most The author does an excellent job of tracking the movements across the continent of the Jewish peoples, starting from the fall of Rome and how these communities eventually met back up in Central Europe This book also charts in some detail the role that the Jewish people played in medieval Europe and particularly in Eastern Europe Fo [...]

    3. I picked up this book while traveling in Cracow and visiting their Galicia Jewish Museum As expected there dozens and dozens of books about WW2, but I wanted something that spoke to the thousand years before that tragedy There is much we don t know about the interplay of cultures in Eastern Europe, about the periods when people got along just fine, and about periods when demonization was the norm This book filled that void beautifully, coasting across the centuries both with the broad brush outl [...]

    4. A great start and a poignant finish but the central thesis makes too many generalized assumptions but it is loaded with fasinating facts A little about the late flowering in the 19th century would have helped but nevertheless I thought it all well worth the effort.

    5. A very entertaining synopsis of the Yiddish nation, its influence on world culture which skirts over several thousand years of oppression in a very positive light Thoroughly enjoyable.

    6. I cannot say what a truly scholarly work on Yiddish civilization looks like, but I very much enjoyed this overview Kriwaczek writes well and tells the story of this religious nation, now submerged under a rush of smaltzy nostalgia aka Fiddler on the Roof and tragedy.There are a lot of fun facts here The Yiddish language seems to have come from Regensburg in Bavaria, and I m still not certain how to square this thought will my general impressions of Munich when I was there And aside from German a [...]

    7. Every page of this book taught me something interesting and usuallysurprising not just about Jewish history, but about Europe andsurrounding parts of the world Kriwaczek has organized an enormousamount of information into a beautifully written and well flowingnarrative, and amply proves his thesis that the work and actions of the Jews were essential to thedevelopment of Europe from the age of the Roman Empire onward I m alittle less convinced that their intellectual contributions asimpressive as [...]

    8. I found this book fascinating as it dealt with a subject that I know little about My historical knowledge is limited to British history and the Classical period and I know little of the Jewish experience in central and eastern Europe Unfortunately, I finished the book having retained very little of the information in it The writer jumps between time periods, locations and historical figures in such a way that I occasionally felt my head spinning This is a shame because his writing is good, someo [...]

    9. Kriwaczek again comes to numerous fascinating unfootnoted, perhaps historically tenuous conclusions, this time about Yiddish culture I gobbled up his book on Zoroastrianism, but this one wasn t as sharp, writing wise It sits on my unfinished shelf, but the parts I read about pre Yiddish European Jewish culture and about the German, Greek, Roman, Sephardic, Scythian, and Slavic roots of Yiddish civilization were very, very cool.

    10. This book about Jewish history is different in a refreshing way With a focus on the positive instead of on the numerous pogroms and expulsions suffered by European Jews, Kriwaczek provides a vibrant and engaging look at European Jewish culture If you have Holocaust fatigue when it comes to Jewish history, you should read this book.

    11. Sometimes hard to get through, but not in a bad way A tremendously thorough and interesting profile of the history of the Jewish people in Europe, basically from around or before 0 AD, through today If you re a history buff jewish or not , this is a must read.

    12. This is a wonderful book filled with all kinds of things that I didn t know It is also incredibly detailed and not an easy read I m so pleased that this book exists and will have to get back to it.

    13. I don t know what would have been a enticing title however I kept telling people this book was a better read than the title would imply I learned an immense amount not just about Jewish history but European history and along the way realised how little I actually knew of the latter.

    14. Would give the author 5 stars for choosing a new lens for looking at history but would give 2 stars for how he goes about describing what he has seen through that lens.

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