Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
I find this thread fascinating. In the part of Czechoslovakia where I was born
and raised (southern Slovakia) people barely spoke yiddish. Instead they either
spoke Hungarian, Slovak, and/or German. At home I was raised speaking those three
Most of the Czechs I knew spoke either German or Czech. Even older people, born
in the 19th century spoke mainly German - "hoch Deutsch" for that effect. As John
noted, it was a sign of good uprising to speak German or French with fluency.
Yiddish wasn't spoken at all with the exception of few words which even the
gentiles employed - huchem (wise guy), shmok (moron), hulile (G-d forbids),
ganef (thief), kuvet (praise) are some examples.
I kept discussions about this subject at Hungary-SIG, and was challenged several
times, mainly by member with ancestry >from the Carpathian region (Munkacs, Bereg,
Ung). Of course there yiddish was lingua franca because most of the local Jews
were immigrants >from Galicia and Bukovina and of strict Orthodox upraising.
I would love to hear other people's experiences with yiddish in Bohemia and Moravia.
Shavua tov to all
Subject: yiddish in Czech landsJohn Freund.