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Coming to America? Max Weinreich and the Making of YIVO in New York, 1939-1941
May 24 2010


ROSE AND ISIDORE DRENCH MEMORIAL LECTURE • MAX WEINREICH CENTER

Kalman Weiser, Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, York University

When WW II erupted, Max Weinreich was caught in western Europe. He was faced with a terrible choice: return home to YIVO’s heart in an uncertain Vilna or come to its periphery in far off New York City. His personal conflict mirrored the contest between YIVO’s European and American branches over where the institute's center should lie and, implicitly, that of secular Yiddish culture and Ashkenazic Jewry as a whole.



Max Weinreich and the Making of YIVO Audio