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GREAT JEWISH BOOKS LECTURE | Visiting "London Yiddishtown" with Vivi Lachs
Vivi Lachs’ newly published book opens up the world of London’s Yiddish-speaking East End neighborhood, giving readers access to this little-known center of modern Jewish life. Her translations of stories by Katie Brown, Arnold Kaizer and Summer Lisky from the 1930s and ‘40s illuminate London immigrant life with earnestness, satire, and comedy. The stories in "London Yiddishtown: East End Jewish Life in Yiddish Sketch and Story, 1930–1950" include Brown’s explorations of generational tension as children support their parents and reject Yiddish culture; Kaizer’s humorous tellings of community foibles with competing cantors and disaffected bar mitzvah boys; and Lisky’s descriptions of antifascist activism in London. Many of the themes reflect familiar concerns of American Jewish immigrants during the same period, but in this talk, translator and scholar Vivi Lachs will put it all in a London context. She will read excerpts of her translations with her signature vivacity.
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The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series gives learners of all ages the opportunity to delve into great works of Jewish literature with top scholars in the field. Each month, a speaker presents a virtual talk focusing on an author or work, followed by a Q&A with the audience. These talks span a wide variety of literary subjects, presenting works written in many languages from classic Yiddish texts to contemporary Jewish American writing.

The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series is made possible with the generous support of the Salkind Family Foundation in memory of Marilyn Salkind.

Dec 12, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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