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Daniel Heller-Roazen: The Story of Yiddish, 2 November 2006

Early Yiddish Texts 1100-1750 
edited by Jerold Frakes.
Oxford, 889 pp., £100, December 2004, 9780199266142
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Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature 
by Jean Baumgarten, edited and translated by Jerold Frakes.
Oxford, 459 pp., £75, June 2005, 0 19 927633 1
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The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture 
by David Fishman.
Pittsburgh, 190 pp., £23.50, November 2005, 0 8229 4272 0
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Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture 
by Jeffrey Shandler.
California, 263 pp., £26.95, November 2005, 0 520 24416 8
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... was already well on its way to the margins of the Jewish state. What then became of Yiddish? Jeffrey Shandler has presented elements of an answer in Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture. He starts by recalling the drastic diminution of Yiddish speakers after the war. But he is unwilling to grant that ‘Yiddish after ...

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J. Hoberman: Hitler in Hollywood, 19 December 2013

Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-39 
by Thomas Doherty.
Columbia, 429 pp., £24, April 2013, 978 0 231 16392 7
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The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler 
by Ben Urwand.
Harvard, 327 pp., £19.95, August 2013, 978 0 674 72474 7
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... the US Senate, who saw Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 as a means to discipline Hollywood. Jeffrey Shandler and I argued in Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting (2003) that Nazi policies and anti-Semitic agitation made Jewish studio executives newly vulnerable. In Hollywood’s Censor (2007), Doherty quotes a letter written to a ...

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