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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Yiddish Paris : Staging Nation and Community in interwar France by Nicholas Underwood. - 2022 - Paris in July 2022


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Yiddish Paris : Staging Nation and Community in interwar France by Nicholas Underwood. - 2022 - Paris in July 2022

This will be my eighth year participating in a wonderful event, Paris in July.  The event hosts are Reader Buzz and Thyme for Tea.  Posts on any and all things Paris are welcome.  You can share your memories of a trip to Paris, your favorite French recipes or restaurants, art in the  Louvre, your favorite set in Paris Movies (mine are Ninotchka and Midnight in Paris).  Of course the French literary masters as well as contemporary writers are great subjects.

Last year I posted on six short stories by Russian Émigré writers who loved to Paris after the fall of the Tsars among others works.

Paris in July is an excellent way to meet bloggers outside the Book Blog world, to expand your knowledge of Parisian history and culture.  

Paris was the escape destination for Yiddish speaking Russian and Eastern European Jews in the 1920s and 30s seeking refuge from vicious pograms. .  Some academics and social activists arrived fluent in French but the vast majority of arrivals spoke Yiddish as well as Russian 

or Polish but no French,  arriving with few resources beyond a willingness to work very hard, a commitment to Ashkenazi traditions, and their families.  In his very well documented Yiddish Paris : Staging Nation and Community in interwar France Nick Underwood details how Yiddish Émigrés integrated into Parisian society, created organizations to support left  wing political goals, taught new arrivals French, helped each others find jobs.  As France is taken over by the Germans many Yiddish speaking Jews were sent to death camps while the luckier of richer ones escaped to New York City.  

There are chapters on The Yiddish Theater in Paris, Yiddish Newspapers, Parisian Yiddish culture on the world stage, and more.

I highly endorse Yiddish Paris : Staging Nation and Community in interwar France by Nicholas Underwood for anyone interested in Paris between the wars.  Anyone with a serious interest in the Yiddish diaspora from Eastern Europe and Russia should treat this as required reading.

Nick Underwood


Modern Jewish history, Modern European history, modern French history, cultural history, Yiddish studies, performance studies, history of fascism and antifascism, urban history.

Professional Experience

Nick has taught courses on modern Jewish, European, and World history at Sonoma State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Napa Valley College. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the GHI Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.  He also serves as managing editor for the journals East European Jewish Affairs and American Jewish History and as project manager for the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project 


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.A., American University
  • B.A., Florida State University”


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Mae Travels said...

That seems like an interesting topic! I notice that the author was at the Frankel Center — before the pandemic I used to go to a lot of the seminars there. They have wonderful programs in different topics in Jewish history, literature, social science, etc. each year, and really great participants.

best… mae at

Jeanie said...

I love Paris in July. This is a topic I'd not thought of and it sounds quite interesting! And I'll check out your Chagall post from a couple years ago. Thanks for visiting me!

Marg said...

This does sound like an unusual aspect of Paris life. Thanks for sharing!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I imagine this is an excellent book on a fascinating topic. Thank you for sharing it with us.