Miriam Isaacs Bio

Dr. Isaacs was a professor of Yiddish language and culture at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 16 years. She has published widely on aspects of Yiddish among Hasidim in Israel and America, as well as on questions of language function and loyalty in the postwar Displaced Persons Camps. In her research, she has specialized in sociolinguistics. She is a native speaker of Yiddish, born in a German DP camp and raised in multi-ethnic Montreal and Brooklyn. Dr. Isaacs is presently working on two projects, one a memoir of her fatherís wartime experiences and another on the Stonehill archive and postwar Yiddish culture. She is currently completing a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The project involves Jewish songs collected from survivors in 1948.

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