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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish$
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Dov-Ber Kerler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.001.0001

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The Two Versions

The Two Versions

(p.182) 30 The Two Versions
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Dov-Ber Kerler

Oxford University Press

Mayse gdoyle min Uman was said to have two versions, one written in Eastern Yiddish, and another in German Western form. This chapter analyzes the differences between these two versions, and to a certain extent, the succeeding versions. The Western version describes the massacres at great length, shaking emotions and memories. It is patterned in such a way as to narrate the violence, oppression, and horror in Eastern Europe at that time. The Eastern version is more lyrical and artistic, written in prose form, including commemorative poems. Its author appears to be more aware and sensitive of the work as literature, with a conscious effort to uplift it into an art form. The chapter tries to answer the questions of when and where these versions were written, through a careful analysis of the structure and form of the text.

Keywords:   analysis, oppression, narration

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