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Papers of Chaim Gininger

Identifier: RG 1384


Gininger's etymological notes on various Yiddish words. Letters, including from Yudl Mark, Chaim Liberman (Lubavitch librarian), Max Weinreich, Sarah Reisen, Gershon Epstein. Photographs, including Zalmen Reisen, Itsik Manger, Ernest-Henry Levy, Cernauti school groups. Manuscripts of Alexander Harkavi's Der shpanisher lerer. Student examinations, Columbia University, 1971. Published linguistic articles by various scholars. Clippings from the Yiddish press on various writers, especially Itsik Manger. Letters, diary (in German) and poems (in German) by Gininger's wife. Concordance to the Yiddish works of Mendl Lefin Satanover.


  • Creation: 1930s-1990s


Biographical / Historical

Born in 1905 in Cernauti. Philologist of Yiddish. Graduate of the YIVO's aspirantur program. Until 1945 taught in ORT and Soviet schools in Cernauti. Subsequently taught at Columbia and Yeshiva Universities. Published several important philological studies of Yiddish. Died in New York in 1994.


19 Boxes (15 5" legal, 3 3" legal, 1 3" OS)

3 Folders (3 file drw)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Date of acquisition: September, 1995.

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