Vivi Lachs at Schmutter Festival. Photo by Rory Isserow
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London Yiddishtown: A Glimpse into the Jewish East End Through Yiddish Song and Story

Dr Vivi Lachs, University of London

The immigration of Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in the mid-1880s developed London’s East End into a bustling Yiddish center with its own theater, press and publishing. This lecture will give you a taste of what we can glean from this popular Yiddish culture about immigrant life, with its debates and arguments reflected in work, family and community.

Morris Winchevsky’s socialist verse of the 1880s explores poverty, class inequality and union activism with earnestness and satire. The comic music halls of 1905 make fun of acculturation to Britain, changes in religious practice and the role of women with poignancy and slapstick. The stories from the Yiddish press of the thirties engage with the fight against fascism, synagogue politics and generational conflict with energy and belly-laugh humor.

Taken together, we see a view from below, crafted as fiction, yet revealing historical secrets of the changing Jewish East End. This talk will be in English. No knowledge of Yiddish necessary.

Dr. Vivi Lachs is a historian of the Jewish East End, a research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London and a Yiddish performer. She is the author of “Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse”, London 1884-1914 (2018) and “London Yiddishtown: East End Jewish Life in Yiddish Sketch and Story, 1930-1950” (2021). She co-runs the Great Yiddish Parade and the Yiddish Open Mic Café in London and leads tours of the old Yiddish East End. She sings and records with the bands Klezmer Klub and Katsha’nes.

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24.7.2022
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20:00
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In Her Majesty's Kingdom - Celebrating the Rich History of Anglo-Jewry

Vivi Lachs at Schmutter Festival. Photo by Rory Isserow
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London Yiddishtown: A Glimpse into the Jewish East End Through Yiddish Song and Story

Dr Vivi Lachs, University of London

The immigration of Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in the mid-1880s developed London’s East End into a bustling Yiddish center with its own theater, press and publishing. This lecture will give you a taste of what we can glean from this popular Yiddish culture about immigrant life, with its debates and arguments reflected in work, family and community.

Morris Winchevsky’s socialist verse of the 1880s explores poverty, class inequality and union activism with earnestness and satire. The comic music halls of 1905 make fun of acculturation to Britain, changes in religious practice and the role of women with poignancy and slapstick. The stories from the Yiddish press of the thirties engage with the fight against fascism, synagogue politics and generational conflict with energy and belly-laugh humor.

Taken together, we see a view from below, crafted as fiction, yet revealing historical secrets of the changing Jewish East End. This talk will be in English. No knowledge of Yiddish necessary.

Dr. Vivi Lachs is a historian of the Jewish East End, a research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London and a Yiddish performer. She is the author of “Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse”, London 1884-1914 (2018) and “London Yiddishtown: East End Jewish Life in Yiddish Sketch and Story, 1930-1950” (2021). She co-runs the Great Yiddish Parade and the Yiddish Open Mic Café in London and leads tours of the old Yiddish East End. She sings and records with the bands Klezmer Klub and Katsha’nes.

Sun
24.7.2022
20:00
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