How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of a Yiddish Folk Tradition
By Ruth von Bernuth
New York University Press
Who, growing up, didn’t hear about Chelm, the town of Jewish fools? Who, having heard about it, ever thought that someday it would be the subject of an academic treatise?
Ruth von Bernuth, the author of How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of a Yiddish Folk Tradition, is an associate professor of Germanic and Slavic languages and director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina. Her specialty is Germanic languages and Yiddish is a Germanic language. [Read more…]