Entangled Stories: The Red Jews in Premodern Yiddish and German Apocalyptic Lore

  title={Entangled Stories: The Red Jews in Premodern Yiddish and German Apocalyptic Lore},
  author={Rebekka Voss},
  journal={AJS Review},
  pages={1 - 41}
  • R. Voss
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Art
  • AJS Review
“Far, far away from our areas, somewhere beyond the Mountains of Darkness, on the other side of the Sambatyon River…there lives a nation known as the Red Jews.” The Red Jews are best known from classic Yiddish writing, most notably from Mendele's Kitser masoes Binyomin hashlishi (The Brief Travels of Benjamin the Third). This novel, first published in 1878, represents the initial appearance of the Red Jews in modern Yiddish literature. This comical travelogue describes the adventures of… 

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