THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, February 8, 1963 — 10
Report Yiddish 'Dynamic' in Argentina,
Declining as 'Mother Tongue' in Canada
OTTAWA, (JTA) — A total
of 82,448 Canadian Jews gave
Yiddish as their "mother
tongue" in the 1961 census,
out of 254,368 who gave Juda-
ism as their religion, according
to a breakdown of data on the
1961 count revealed here by
the Dominion Bureau of Sta-
While the number of per-
sons indicating their religion
as Jewish had more than dou-
bled in the 40-year period from
1921 to 1961—from 125,445 in
the former year—the percent-
age of Jews giving their mother
tongue as Yiddish has dropped
steadily. _In 1931, 95.4 per cent
of the Jews claimed Yiddish as
their mother tongue; in 1941,
the percentage was 76.2; in
1951, a little more than half,
or 50.6 per cent specified Yid-
dish; but by 1961 the percent-
age had gone down to 32.4.
The term "mother tongue"
is defined in the Canadian
census as "the language a
person first learned in child-
hood and still understands
and, in the case of infants,
- the language spoken in the
home." In general, the data
showed, the percentage of the
Jewish population reporting
Yiddish as the mother tongue
is larger in- the bigger com-
munities, smaller in the
smaller cities or in the sub-
Broken down by the three
largest centers of Jewish pop-
ulation—Montreal, Toronto and
Winnipeg—the figures showed
these changes in the 20-year
period, 1941-1961: In Montreal,
the 1961 percentage of Yiddish-
mother-tongue Jews was 37.7,
compared with 79.9 in 1941; in
Toronto, the 1961 figures
showed 47.5 per cent as against
79.2 per cent in 1941; in Win-
nipeg, the 1961 percentage was
46.5 compared with 90.1 per
cent in 1941.
The census data also showed
that, in the 10-year period 1951-
1961, about 37,000 Jewish immi-
grants had been admitted into
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NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
Yiddish language is "vibrant,
alive and dynamic" among Ar-
gentina's 450,000 Jews, it was
reported by Samuel Rollansky,
Argentine Yiddish writer, who
is visiting this country on be-
half of the Yivo Literature So-
ciety which is currently in the
process of publishing 100 books
of Yiddish literature.
Illustrating the strength of
the Yiddish language in Ar-
gentina, Rollansky cited the
fact that there are in that
country 110 elementary Yid-
dish schools, eight high
schools, two teachers' semi-
naries and one college for
Yiddish high school teachers.
Nearly 12,000 students are
enrolled in all of the schools,
from elementary to college,
and there are '700 teachers
Israel Bond Leadership Dinner
to Map Redemption Year Campaign
The annual Israel Bond lead-
ership dinner-meeting will be
on the faculties.
An indication of the accept- held 7 p.m., Feb. 14 at the Jew-
ance of Yiddish as a vital lan- ish Center.
guage by Argentine Jews, said
A special invitation has been
Rollansky, is the fact that extended to members of the
about 80 per cent of all teach- executive board and of the Na-
ers are under the age of 30, tional Israel Bond Honor Soci-
and about 70 per cent of them eties, according to Tom Bor-
The Buenos Aires Jewish
community, he said, pays about Chile, Ghana Asked
40 per cent of the Yiddish edu- to Extradite Nazis
cation budget annually, the
rest of the funds coming from Who Murdered Jews
tuition and other fees. Students
attend classes two and a half 'sistance fighters demanded in
hours each day, five days a resolutions adopted at a meeting
week. The Hebrew language is here that Chile extradite Dr.
also taught in every Yiddish Josef Mengele, the notorious
school at all levels. Additional- Auschwitz death camp "selection
ly, there is a school where He- doctor," and that Ghana extradite
Otto Schumann, also a notorious
brew only istaught.
Rollansky pointed out that Nazi participant in the slaughter
the status of Yiddish is also of Jews during World War II.
illustrated by the fact that Ar-
The .meeting, yield by the Euro-
gentina has two large daily pean Resistance . Fighters and
Yiddish newspapers, one week- Former Deportees, also de-
ly, five monthlies and two quar- manded that Austria extradite to
terlies. One of the latter is this country the former SS Gen-
devoted solely to philosophy, eral Verbelen. The resolution
and is believed to be the only noted that "under peculiar cir-
publication of its kind in the cumstances," this Nazi had been
world. granted Austrian citizenship.
man, general chairman. The
dinner is being held in advance
of the 1963 Israel Bond nation-
al inaugural conference, slated
in Miami Beach March 1-3.
Plans for the 1963 Israel Bond
campaign in Detroit will be
discussed at the dinner. This
year is the 15th anniversary of
the State of Israel and the year
of redemption of the first
Israel Savings Bonds.
Guest of honor will be Meir
Sherman, former Israel Econ-
omic Minister to the United
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On the basis of the large in Winslow, and family.
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Monty Winslow, a native De-
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week with his brother, Dr. Max with extensive visits in this
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announcement here that char-
tered tours are being abandoned
as of April 1 and that those
planning visits to Israel no
longer have to associate them-
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Student traffic in Israel and
the large numbers of summer
camps have helped tourism,
Winslow said. He said he was
confident that the interest in
tourism among Jewish youth
also is growing.
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