n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Europa vs. Afrika. David Wolpe :

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



<b>Europe vs. Africa. David Wolpe : <I>Ikh un mayn velt. Oytobiografishe bleter</I></b> <br>The Yiddish writer David Wolpe who today lives in Johannesburg is originally from Lithuania. Between 1997 and 1999 he published his autobiography, recounting his eventful life in Europe and South Africa. A survivor of Dachau, he stayed a few years in the Displaced Persons' camps in the American-occupied zone of Munich before he could emigrate to Johannesburg. Between 1945 and 1951 in Munich, Wolpe partipated actively in the renewal of Yiddish Literature as editor of a review <I>Undzer veg (Our way)&lt;/I&gt; and as the first secretary of the new Pen Club for Yiddish writers and journalists. He continued with his literary activities in South Africa where he found there was already an intense Yiddish cultural life. In his voluminous autobiography, Wolpe records nearly one century of Yiddish and Jewish culture on two continents, in Europe and South Africa, and contributes to its multilingualism. The writer's destiny and the situation of the language in which he writes are finally inseparable; they are animated by the will to survive.

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