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Sat 15 Feb 2014 07:30 BBC Radio 4 Extra

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 October 2009

Writer and comedian David Schneider goes on a personal journey through Yiddish culture and language.

Schneider, who first came to fame on The Day Today and I'm Alan Partridge, is the grandson of a Yiddish playwright and a Yiddish actress. He returns to Whitechapel and Vienna where his grandparents performed and considers the rich thousand-year history of the language.

Contributors include Yiddish enthusiasts including Michael Grade and General Colin Powell, who picked up the language in his teens when he worked in a Jewish toy store in New York.

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