Yiddish literature

genre of written material

Yiddish literature encompasses all belles-lettres in Yiddish, the language of European Jewry. The history of Yiddish, with its roots in central Europe and locus for centuries in Eastern Europe, is evident in its literature.


  • Yiddish literature accepted challenges of European literature and culture. At its best, it produced innovative works which harnessed the inimitable features of its language, folklore, fictional world, and character typology and confronted them with a whirlpool of the modern world and the challenges of modernist art.
    • Benjamin Harshav. The Meaning of Yiddish (1990), page xivexternal link

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