Czernowitz Language Conference
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The aim of the Yiddish language conference held in Czernowitz in 1908 was to develop Yiddish, the language of Ashkenazi Jews, into a standard language and give it validity as a national language of the Jews. Nathan Birnbaum (1864-1937) initiated the conference as part of his project of establishing a secular Yiddish-speaking nation in Europe. Even though the wider objectives of the con…

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Estraikh, Gennady, “Czernowitz Language Conference”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0826>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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