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William Pimlott: Fondness for Yiddish, 23 September 2021

Yiddish in Israel: A History 
by Rachel Rojanski.
Indiana, 319 pp., £32, January 2020, 978 0 253 04515 7
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... hegemony of Hebrew was established early on as a marker of a strong and stable Israeli identity. Ben-Gurion’s government saw Yiddish as an ‘anti-nationalist’ goles shprakh (‘exile language’) that represented life in the diaspora. Yiddish had been spoken by an urbanising and emigrating people who were moving from small towns and villages in the ...

Say what you will about Harold

Christopher Hitchens, 2 December 1993

Wilson: The Authorised Life 
by Philip Ziegler.
Weidenfeld, 593 pp., £20, September 1993, 0 297 81276 9
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... system and some small inroad on privatised folly in basic service industries. Would anyone from Pimlott to McKibbin to Howard to Ziegler care to mention one – even one – attainment of the Wilson period that could bear comparison? Lord Melbourne’s over-used but pungent observation about the Order of the Garter, that he liked it because there was ‘no ...

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