Yiddish Literature Online

A note from Internet Archive’s founder, Brewster Kahle:

Over ten thousand Yiddish texts, estimated as over 1/2 of all the published works in Yiddish, are now online based on the work of the National Yiddish Book Center, volunteers, and the Internet Archive. We are excited that a literature of a people is being made available.

While some of the rights issues may be unclear, this collection has been greeted enthusiastically during the years it was available for print-on-demand. This community may offer a model for how non-profit libraries can support culture online. We would like to see more non-profit libraries offering complete collections to support communities that may be geographically distributed.

The Internet Archive now has a right-to-left book reader, and we’re working to ease importing of existing digital collections.

Announcement in the New York Times and the press release.

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4 thoughts on “Yiddish Literature Online

  1. salomon goldszer

    I´m learning idish in in the Universitary Center of Idioms (CUI) from Buenos Aires-Argentina.- I thank you very much for yoir assistance.- I bag your pardon for my bad English….I only speak spanish. Kindly regards. Shloime


    To Shloime: It is exciting to have access to Yiddish literature on line. It is also exciting to meet a Jew from Argentina interested in Yiddish Literature. I am a retired English teacher from University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. But I now live in Florida/

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