Babel – Literature circle
Parliamo – Lomir redn – Im Gespräch – Let’s talk

The spoken word at three places at the same time - a difficult choice, since each program is special in its own way.

The Mediterranean begins in Weimar at "Peperoncino" – the Italian speciality foods store. Here you can listen to Sarah Ferraioli reading from Giorgio Bassani's famous novel, "The Garden of the Finzi-Contini", accompanied by live Italian music played by Daniele Agretti and Maurizio Peronaci. In Italian, rounded out with espresso, pastries and other delicacies! Come and enjoy Italy in the middle of Thuringia!

The "Caféladen" invites you to "Yam-Sessions." In Yiddish, "Yam" means "ocean." Fairytales, fabels, anecdotes, jokes - anything is allowed, as long as it refers to the ocean. Come by and tell us your stories, in High German or dialect, in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, English, French or in your own invented language. You create the program - surprise us!

The Eckermann bookstore is home to a series of Yiddish literature readings highlighting recently published books as well as classics of Yiddish literature and rarely read authors.

Peperoncino Steubenstraße 14, 99423 Weimar
Caféladen Karlstraße 8, 99423 Weimar
Eckermann Buchhandlung Marktstraße 2, 99423 Weimar


August 5 Tue 3-4 p.m. @Eckermann
Presenter: Evita Wiecki, Munich

Mayn shul-khaver – The story of a Yiddish schoolbook
Considering its 1000-year history, Yiddish as the object of and language used for secular teaching is a relatively new phenomenon. The concept of Yiddish-language pedagogics can be traced back to Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. The first Yiddish-language schoolbooks were published at the same time. Over the next four centuries their popularity grew – along with Yiddish secular education – on every continent. Evita Wiecki tells us this little-known story using many illustrations from and of Yiddish schoolbooks.


August 6 Wed 3 - 4 p.m. @Eckermann
Presenter: Evita Wiecki, Munich


August 7 Thu 3 - 4 p.m. @Eckermann
Presenter: Evita Wiecki, Munich

”Emil and Karl” in Vienna 1938 – a Yiddish novel for young people
Yankev Glatshteyn is considered to be one of the most important modern Yiddish poets. He only wrote a few prose works, all of them about the Holocaust. “Emil and Karl”, a novel for young adults, was published in 1940. He dedicated the book to his three children and expressed the wish that his Jewish students in the USA would become interested in what was happening in Europe, the home of their ancestors. The Jewish boy Emil and Karl, the son of a communist, are best friends. Both lose their parents within a short time after the annexation of Austria. Together, they try to survive in Vienna, to save both themselves and their friendship.
Evita Wiecki will give us an introduction to this exceptional book that will be published in German translation in autumn.