The City of Light in Yiddish: Interwar Immigrant Jewish Space and “Life in Paris”
This paper will focus on how the Yiddish-speaking immigrant Jewish community attempted to situate their new city and country of residence within a Yiddish framework and how, through the use of regular newspaper columns, they turned Paris into a Yiddish "word city." Each major Yiddish-language newspaper in interwar Paris (Naye prese, Parizer haynt, and Ilustrite yidishe prese) had regular columns titled "Life in Paris" or "Parisian Life," and Naye prese, the Yiddish-language publishing arm of the French Communist Party, even published a guidebook to Paris. Through a close read of these publications, I will reconstruct the interwar Yiddish-speaking Parisian experience arguing that this urban construction was part of the larger modernizing mission put forth by Yiddish culturalists during the interwar period in Paris as they sought to merge both "Frenchness" and "Jewishness."
 Peter Fritzsche, Reading Berlin 1900 (Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1998).
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