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How Yiddish Changed America and America Changed Yiddish

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? Josh Lambert explores these and other questions, drawing from his 2020 anthology, How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish, (co-edited with Ilan Stavans) on the interplay of Yiddish and American culture.

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