The shtetl (Yiddish for “small town”) is one of the most recognized symbols of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. But what exactly was it? Since the mid-nineteenth century, Yiddish writers have mythologized, mocked, and memorialized the shtetl. In this four-session course, explore literary representations of the shtetl ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. How has the shtetl been portrayed, and why does it still have such a strong hold on the Jewish imagination? Back after her hit Melton class, “Yiddish: Wanted Dead or Alive”, join Yiddish culture expert Dr. Rachel Seelig as she explores the ups and downs of shtetl living.
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