The Metamorphosis, in the Penal Colony and Other Stori
The Great Short Works of Franz Kafka
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"Our grandparents spoke Yiddish, our parents spoke German, and those of us who are left speak Czech."
That statement by a Prague Jew sums up the linguistic and cultural history of not only the Prague Jews but, by extension, the vast majority of European Jews since the end of the eighteenth century. During this period, the various Jewish communities in Europe and its colonies have passed from Jewish languages to a few simultaneous and/or sequential non-Jewish languages and perhaps ultimately back (or forward) to Hebrew in Israel. Outside Israel, this process has shifted the Jews from an... see more