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The relationship of the Jews of Poland to the Polish language was multifaceted and ambivalent: whereas some advocated speaking Polish as the expression of the highest cultural perfection and of a natural affiliation to Poland, others perceived doing so as a means of state-enforced leveling of differences and as a threat to Jewishness (yidishkayt). At the same time, the life of the Jews in Poland was …

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Steffen, Katrin, “Polish”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0641>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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