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Yiddish Popular Reading in Eastern Europe, 1850-1914

15 February 2023, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

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Prof Nathan (Nati) Cohen (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) will present and review the wide extent of Yiddish publications available for Yiddish readers from the middle of the 19th century until the outbreak of WWI.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni

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Free

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Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies

This lecture aims to present and review the wide extent of Yiddish publications, available for Yiddish readers from the middle of the 19th century until the outbreak of WWI. 

As printed materials became more accessible to the wider public, and enlightened ideas were presented in various Yiddish texts side by side with the appearance of Yiddish newspapers in Eastern Europe, the Yiddish reading public was exposed to a growing range of publications of various genres, styles and levels. 

Representative samples of these publications will be presented during the lecture.

About the Speaker

Professor Nathan (Nati) Cohen

an Associate Professor; Director of the Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies at the Department of Literature of the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Nati (Nathan) Cohen is an Associate Professor, and director of the Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies at the Department of Literature of the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University. He studied for his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and taught there for many years. Since 1996 he has been a faculty member at the Center for Yiddish Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and from 2016 its director. Since 1998 – associate editor of the bi-annual journal Yad Vashem Studies.

He is the author of: Books, writers and Newspapers: The Jewish Cultural Center in Warsaw, 1918-1942,  Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2003, 363pp. (Hebrew). Translated into Polish and published by the Jewish historical Institute in 2021.  As well as Yiddish – The Linguistic Leap from a Common Dialect to a Cultural and Literary Language, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center 2020 (Hebrew). Was translated into English and will be published by Berhahn books (New York) in Summer-Autem 2023.

More about Professor Nathan (Nati) Cohen