*IN YIDDISH* Szonja Komoróczy, "Should we see it as a Fatherland? Jews and Yiddish in Hungary"

When and Where

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Szonja Komoróczy


Himel Family Yiddish Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Al and Malka Green Fund in Yiddish Studies

Szonja Rahel Komoróczy (Central European University)

Should we see it as a Fatherland? Jews and Yiddish in Hungary

Centered on Yiddish and language usage, the lecture will give a brief history of Jewish life in 19th century Hungary. Although all streams of the Jewish community had to give answers to emancipation and the general trends of assimilation, among these it is mainly the extreme orthodox and the Magyarizing Neolog that are known and researched. It is, however, also intriguing to look at the influence that these societal changes had on language usage and to unveil more nuanced layers as well, to see how language forms a crucial part of identity. Unraveling these phenomena provides a better understanding on present-day jewish experiences in Hungary.


Szonja Rahel Komoróczy is a Yiddishist and historian from Budapest, Hungary. Her research interest is Hungarian Jewish history and Yiddish, and has published in Hungarian and English on related topics. She is currently the vice-rector of the Jewish University in Budapest, and teaches Hebrew and Yiddish at the Central European University in Vienna.



This event will be delivered in-person in JHB100 (170 St. George Street) and accessible by ZOOM on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 2 PM.

To attend via Zoom, please click THIS LINK on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 2pm.


170 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5R 2M8