Fading Tradition: On a Dying Language and Lore

Simon J. Bronner

in Explaining Traditions

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134062
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135885 | DOI:
Fading Tradition: On a Dying Language and Lore

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This chapter addresses circumstances that lead to the decline of tradition. The case study is of a group of Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors who in America made a conscious decision not to hand down their language and lore to a younger generation. The chapter points out the irony of the creation of new organizations called vinkln to facilitate enactment of Yiddish language and lore and yet these groups also exclude a younger generation from perpetuating the tradition.

Keywords: Yiddish; Jews; Holocaust; legend; vinkln; Poland

Chapter.  13513 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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