Follow up project: Tal Kogman (Tel Aviv University) and Evita Wiecki (LMU Munich) are organizing a Workshop exploring Hebrew and Yiddish Texts for Jewish Children and Youth, from 1880 through the 1920s
Here is the Call for Papers:
Between the two last decades of the 19th century and the end of the First World War, the system of texts for Jewish children changed dramatically. Children’s literature in Hebrew and Yiddish extended rapidly and included a wide variety of textbooks, short stories and novels, popular science texts, tales and poems. Publishing houses were established, mostly in Eastern Europe, which worked to expand the variety of texts for Jewish children in Hebrew as well as in Yiddish, such as Tushiya, Achiasaf, Moriah, Central, Progres, Bikher far ale, and Kletskin. New magazines for Jewish children and booklet series were also initiated, such as Olam Katon, Ha-chaim Ve-hateva, Mayselekh, Farn kleynem oylem and Grininke beymelekh. Thus, children’s literature included original writings, adaptations and translations.
Simone Lässig gave two Lectures as part of the Dorit & Gerald Paul Lectures for the Study of Germans & Jews. The lecture held at the Indiana University Bloomington (April 9, 2019) was titled: “Knowing What’s Best for the Jews: Knowledge, Authority, and Social Change in an Age of Upheaval”. The other lecture was about “German Cities, Jewish Spaces: Belonging, Sociability, and Cultural Transformation in the Early Nineteenth Century”, and was given on April 10 at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.