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The Yiddish Speaking Community in New York City

For the Jews of America, the Yiddish language represents the most tangible connection to an Eastern European heritage, a legacy which some have retained and enhanced, many have forgotten, and others are reclaiming. With the mass immigration of Jews from Poland, Russia, Rumania, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia that began in the 1880s and continued into the 1920s, the Yiddish language took root in the United States as the vernacular for millions of Jews. In addition to these older settlers, a new wave of Yiddish-speakers immigrated in the 1940s and '50s, Holocaust survivors of the Second World War. Most of these immigrants first settled in the ...

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