"Unhappy is the land that needs a hero."
-- Bertolt Brecht
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Max Weinreich (April 22, 1894)
Weinreich, a Yiddish scholar, founded YIVO (Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut — Yiddish Scientific Institute) in Vilna in 1925. When he fled the Holocaust he moved YIVO to New York. He was in many ways a pioneer of secular Jewish identity in Yiddish culture.