The Medem Library was founded in 1929 in Paris, France by Eastern European immigrants and members of the Medem Union, a league of Yiddish writers and political activists. Today, the Medem Library houses nearly 21,000 works in Yiddish and 9,000 in other languages.
During World War II, portions of the Library were miraculously saved from destruction by Medem Union members and hidden in the basement of the orginal building at 110, Rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris.
Since the opening of the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library, a number of important new Yiddish dictionaries and Yiddish books have been published. The Center is also host to numerous cultural activities and language courses throughout the year.
Order your copy of the
Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary by Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner at Indiana University Press
Read about the 10 year project in the article in Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center called Best Words, Best Order
News: Now in its third (!) printing (first printing, January 8, 2013)
The English edition of Medem's widely praised Dictionaire Yiddish-Francais is now in its third printing since its first appearance in January, 2013
Click here for more details or go to the Yiddish edition's website for details and frequently updated information www.verterbukh.org.
See what the critics are saying:
http://forward.com/specials/forward-50-2013/solon-beinfeld/"Drs. Beinfeld and Bochner are about to rock the world of Yiddish Lexicography ...
Anyone who has ever struggled through a Yiddish text... will be singing (your) praises for years to come..." Aaron Lansky
"... the “Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary” is a masterpiece, an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about Yiddish. ...No dictionary has ever opened up Yiddish as spectacularly for the English-speaking audience as Beinfeld and Bochner’s “Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.”
Eitan Kensky is the preceptor in Yiddish at Harvard University.
Barry (Berish), one of the associate editors of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary has just published The Hobbit in Yiddish. Order from the Harvard Book Store