Sholem-aleykhem, fellow Danubians!
It is our pleasure to welcome you all at the website of the one of its kind Yiddish strand of The Danube, a UCL Global Citizenship Summer School on Intercultural Interaction.
Please be our guest and follow short reports on daily lectures and Yiddish language classes as well as on preparations to make a short documentary and a poster. If you have more than a while, feel invited to cast an eye on insightful articles about Jewish culture and language.
We, studentn, promise to do our best. There are aundzer lerer, Barry Davis, and aundzer navigator, Zora Kostadinova, to help us succeed.
Zay gezunt un shtark!
Navigator: Zora Kostadinova
Crew: Julia Elkouby, Jiayu Liu, Viktoria Makai, Kartik Mehta, Jude Omidiran, Lily Parsey, Xianya Qui, Disa Witkowska, Yuning Yang, Jingming Zhang
Author: Lily Parsey As a language not confined or associated to a particular state or territorial division, Yiddish carries a great diversity of influences from different regional and national languages in which it is spoken. It has been described as “the language without a land, without frontiers” (Isaac Basheva Singer). The main influences can especially … Continue reading Yiddish Loanwords in Dutch: A Sociolinguistic Perspective on Yiddish
Author: Ulysse Canonge When I borrowed the French translation of David Bergelson’s short story Around the Railway Station’ from UCL library, I was surprised to open the book to a foreword by the Russian linguist Efim Etkind on the issue of translating poetry from a foreign language to French. By underlining the difficulty to render the rhythm … Continue reading Yiddish in Translation: From Oral Tradition to Literature
Author: Viktória Makai The sunny Monday morning started with an interesting lecture by Dr Gwen Jones, where we learned about the Jewish life and death along the river Danube. We found out that the Hungarian and German versions of the pubs in England were coffee houses, since in the 19th and 20th centuries a common … Continue reading Jewish life (and death) along the river Danube
Yiddish Tango Author: Xianya Qiu When you start exploring Yiddish culture and art, you may soon find the term ‘Yiddish tango’. You might wonder how Yiddish, a language originating from central Europe and spoken by Jewish people, is related to tango, a popular form of music and dance in Latin America. This article will introduce you … Continue reading Yiddish Tango
Klezmer Music Experience! Author: Julia Elkouby On the Sunday a group of us went to see Klezmer, a Yiddish style of music, live at a pub in central London. The evening consisted of glowing lights, lively conversations and beautiful music. Despite klezmer coming from a very Jewish background we actually found ‘that in secular society … Continue reading Notes from the Field: Klezmer Music
“Barry Davis studied history at LSE, in Vienna, and at the Hebrew University, and Yiddish in Columbia, New York. He has lectured in Modern European History focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He has also taught Yiddish language and literature for many years. He has written widely on Yiddish literature. He works with Holocaust survivors … Continue reading An interview with Barry Davis, our Yiddish language teacher
Author/ Editor: Lily Parsey For our documentary we were able to interview the amazing Bella Kerridge who gave us great insights into her life, the different languages she speaks and questions of identity and homeland. A very important aspect of her life we were not able to include in the final documentary was her very … Continue reading Singing With the Whole Body
Author/Editor: Lily Parsey Global citizenship is a broader understanding of our responsibility towards other people across the world. It means that we place our identity within a global community rather than within the nation state. And it is about sharing and pursuing common goals that only the global community as a whole can fulfill. In … Continue reading In Or Out? The EU Referendum and Global Citizenship
by Disa Witkowska “Surreal, exciting and constantly surprising, Eastern Europe is an amazing warehouse of culture, history and architecture as well as mind-blowing scenery. Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia&Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Survival Guide.” The advertisement … Continue reading Where East meets West?
Authors: Julia Elkouby, Lily Parsey On Wednesday morning a group of us set off to visit Shalvata, the Jewish Holocaust memorial centre in Hendon. We went on this particular day as there are a feisty group of Yiddish speakers who meet up to talk Yiddish so we thought we could get some stories about Yiddish … Continue reading Anecdotes from Shalvata
By Julia Elkouby On this Summer School we had a very thought provoking lecture on the Romani people and how they are not really ‘a people’ yet. As our group focuses on Yiddish culture we immediately started to make comparisons between another stateless language group like the Yiddish speaking Jews and the Romani. The main … Continue reading Yiddish and Romany: Two Stateless Languages
By Julia Elkouby With help from Disa Witkowska and Viktoria Makai Over the course of the summer school I managed to have a long conversation with my friend Gidon Goldstein about Yiddish culture and Judaism and how he identifies with both. How did you learn to speak Yiddish? I didn’t speak it at home. In a way … Continue reading An Orthodox Jew in a modern world
This is the final film project of the Yiddish group of the Danube strand. We were very lucky to meet Bella Kerridge, a very interesting, sharp and talented woman in her 90s who emigrated from a town near Odessa to London in 1939. She speaks five languages, she has a truly wonderful voice and, despite being … Continue reading Final Film Project: We Won’t Let Anybody Push Us Down