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Yiddish Literature

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman was born in Vienna on August 7, 1920 and settled in the Bronx, N.Y. A Yiddish poet, songwriter, educator, writer of children’s literature, graphic artist, folklorist, song stylist, Yiddish territorialist and community activist, Schaechter-Gottesman was inducted in to the Museum of the City of New York’s “City Lore Hall of Fame” in 1999, an award that honors “grass roots contributions to New York’s cultural life.”

Chava Rosenfarb

Chava Rosenfarb, a major Yiddish novelist of the second half of the twentieth century, is one of the few Holocaust survivors who transmuted their experiences into fiction rather than memoirs or reminiscences.

Sarah Reisen

Sarah Reisen was a member of an illustrious Yiddishist literary family whose reputation she maintained by her multiple talents as a poet, fiction writer, translator, and children’s author.

Miriam Raskin

Miriam Raskin’s special talent lay in her depictions of ordinary working people. She was able to write about individuals not usually considered especially noteworthy, and make them interesting. In addition, her work often features strong female protagonists.

Rikudah Potash

Crowned “the Poetess of Jerusalem” by Sholem Asch (1880–1957), Rikudah Potash wrote in Yiddish about the landscape of her beloved city and its diverse ethnic communities.

Poetry in the United States

The contributions of Jewish women poets to American literary history and political activism, as well as to the enrichment of Jewish culture and practice, are astounding.

Mimi Pinzón

Mimi Pinzón is arguably the sole significant Yiddish writer who spent none of her school years in Eastern Europe.

Rosa Palatnik

Most of the author’s stories and all of her books were signed with the name Rosa Palatnik. By her own reckoning, some two hundred of her tales appeared in various press organs. A mere selection of them can be found in the four volumes she published.

Old Yiddish Language and Literature

Yiddish became the spoken language of the Jews who settled in the German-speaking lands and of those who emigrated from there to other countries. An interactive bilingual Hebrew-Yiddish system developed and functioned throughout the Ashkenazi cultural area, persisting until the Haskalah period.

Ida Maze

A “communitarian-proletarian” Yiddish writer whose generosity, both material and emotional, turned her Montreal home into a magnet for Yiddish writers and a focus of Yiddish culture, Ida Maze (sometimes rendered as Maza or Massey) was born on July 9, 1893 in the village of Ugli, near Kapulye, south of Minsk in Belarus.

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