Yiddish and Multilingual Urban Space in Montreal

Authored by: Sherry Simon

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415473781
eBook ISBN: 9780203497470
Adobe ISBN: 9781135048556

10.4324/9780203497470.ch21

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Abstract

Montreal’s cultural landscape long had the look of a standoff: the more powerful English in the west, the more numerous French in the east, and immigrants in a narrow buffer zone between them. From the 1880s until the 1950s, this middle ground was largely occupied by Yiddish-speaking Jews.

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