Benjamin Harshav, scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish (1928-2015): an appreciation

By Mary Fisk|June 18, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

Professor Benjamin Harshav, the distinguished scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, died on April 23rd 2015, aged 86. He was born in Vilna in Lithuania in 1928 (a town which he described as the “self-styled bastion of Yiddish culture“) but escaped across the Urals in 1941, along with his family, after the Germans ousted the Soviets from the city After the war, he moved to Israel, where he established the Department

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