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Yiddish Comes to America: A Collection of Newly Translated Work

The Shmooze catches up with the Yiddish Book Center's director of translation initiatives, Mindl Cohen, to talk about the 2020 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue. This year's anthology of newly translated work includes memoirs, stories, and other works themed to "Yiddish Comes to America." As Mindl explains, "While there are some extremely funny and touching moments in these newly translated works of Yiddish literature, there are very few rosy portrayals of 'di goldene medine,' the golden country of America. Instead, many of these works offer at best a silhouette of the American Dream, set in stark relief against the reality of the experience of immigration."

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