Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>
I saw your posting that said "western Jews
absorbed European culture much earlier than east European Jews...they "lost"
or rather chose to
"drop" the use of Yiddish in general earlier than in the east ".
Do you think, perhaps, that Jews in German-speaking countries spoke German,
as it developed around them, while Jews who moved East kept speaking the
'German' that they had spoken for centruies, with an admixture of the
Russian/Polish/whatever they heard around them? This seems reasonable to
me, especially since all the places where Yiddish was king (except NYC) were
among non-German Christians. East Prussia and other Prussian states where
people spoke Yiddish were governed by German-speakers (in the 19th century)
but were inhabited mostly by ethnic Poles; Russia, and the rest of the
Slavic states, etc. had their own languages. But I am not a historian, by
any means, so I present this theory to be knocked down.