Montreal Yiddish Theatre as Youth Cultural Imperative

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Abstract

Montréal became home to a new, dynamic, and lasting Yiddish theatre in the
1950s, even as the language began a steep decline within much of the Jewish
world. Scholarly and popular studies of this theatre point to the role of Dora
Wasserman (1919–2003), the energetic and visionary founder and director
of a project that would become an enduring Yiddish amateur theatre soon
after her arrival to Montréal in 1950 as a survivor of the Holocaust. This study
suggests an additional contributor to this Yiddish theatre’s success: its intersection with a youth-driven Yiddish cultural imperative, which expressed
itself most strongly in the period of the 1960s and 1970s
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheatre and (Im)migration
EditorsYana Meerzon
Place of PublicationToronto Canada
PublisherPlaywrights Canada Press
Chapter7
Pages129-146
Number of pages18
Volume10
ISBN (Print)9780369100016
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameNew Essays in Canadian Theatre
PublisherPlaywrights Canada Press
Volume10

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