Cecile E. Kuznitz
YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture
Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation
Cambridge University Press 2014
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In YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Cecile E. Kuznitz, Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of Jewish Studies at Bard College, offers the first book-length history of YIVO, the center for Yiddish scholarship founded in the 1920s by a group of Eastern European Jewish intellectuals. Could scholarship serve as the foundation for a diaspora nationalism?
Kuznitz traces the ups and downs of YIVO, using unpublished documents from the center’s archives.