Intergenerational Memory and Language of the Sarajevo Sephardim

  • Jonna Rock

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This book analyses issues of language and Jewish identity among the Sephardim in Sarajevo. The author examines how Sephardim belonging to three different generations in Sarajevo deal with the challenge of cultivating hybrid and hyphenated identities under destabilizing conditions, exploring how a group of interviewees define and describe the language they speak since Yugoslavia’s collapse. Their self-identification through language is then placed within the context of other cases of linguistic and ethnic identity formation in European minority groups. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in several related fields and disciplines, including Slavic studies, Historical Anthropology, Jewish History and Holocaust studies, Sociolinguistics, and Memory studies.

Jonna Rock currently works for the Silent Heroes Memorial Center in Berlin, Germany. She has published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals including Nationalities Papers and Judaica Petropolitana. This is her first monograph, based on her doctoral thesis submitted at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.


language ideology language attitudes intergenerational memory Islamization oral history Jewish culture comparative history sephardic studies Yugoslavia Bosnia and Herzegovina anti-semitism Holocaust studies Israel Spain Hebrew historical anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonna Rock
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für SlawistikHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14045-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-14046-5
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