This volume is devoted to selected aspects of the culture and language of the two largest Jewish Diaspora groups, Sephardim and Ashkenazim. The authors analyze the latest European research tendencies related to both Jewish factions. Questions concern the historical, social and cultural contact with non-Jewish environment, the problems of Jewish identity, the condition of languages in both groups (Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Hakit a), and Jewish anthroponymy. The reflections concern various areas of contemporary Germany, Poland, Russia, the Balkan countries, Italy, the countries of North Africa inhabited by both Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews. For the analyses, not only documents, manuscripts, press articles, and literary texts serve as a basis but also the artifacts of material culture.
About the Author
Andrzej Kątny is Full Professor at the Institute of German Philology at the University in Gdańsk (Poland). His research interests include German linguistics, contrastive studies and contact linguistics. Izabela Olszewska is Assistant Professor at the same institute. Her scientific focus lies on language and culture of Ashkenazi Jews and contact linguistics. Aleksandra Twardowska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Slavic Philology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland). Her academic interests involve the language, culture and history of Balkan Jews, Jewish and Slavic anthroponymy, and Balkan languages.