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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Tsevorfene bleter: The Emergence of Yung Vilne

Tsevorfene bleter: The Emergence of Yung Vilne

Tsevorfene bleter: The Emergence of Yung Vilne
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Justin D. Cammy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Yung Vilne (Young Vilna, 1929–1940). In the decade preceding the outbreak of the Second World War, a group of young, unknown Yiddish poets, writers, and artists helped turn Vilna into the dominant Yiddish cultural centre in Poland. These young men and women, the majority of them from Vilna itself or its neighbouring towns, emerged at a moment when Jewish Vilna's culture was defined by its commitment to Yiddish culture and youth. Drawn together under the rubric Yung Vilne, the group synthesized the aspirations of individual members for artistic experimentation and freedom of expression with a collective concern for the social, political, and cultural life of the city. In doing so, Yung Vilne earned the distinction of being both the last of the major Yiddish avant-garde movements in inter-war Poland, and the literary group most evocative of the pressures of time and place.

Keywords:   Yung Vilne, Yiddish avant-garde, inter-war Poland, Yiddish cultural centre, Vilna, Jewish Vilna, Yiddish youth, artistic experimentation, freedom of expression

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