Corpus of Spoken Yiddish in Europe

This map shows the birthplaces of the survivors whose testimonies appear in the CSYE. Clicking on a point will pull up the survivor’s name and a link to his or her testimony page. More information is available in the Notes section below.


To search for a testimony by survivor name or birthplace, click on the search icon () in the upper-left corner of the map.

The base map shows current political borders and place names in English. Superimposed on this map are historical state borders from different points in time (1886–2019), which are adapted from the CShapes 2.0 dataset.1 By default, the map shows the borders from January 1, 1920. To change the date, simply click on the timeline at the bottom of the map.

The historical state borders are an optional “layer” that can be enabled or disabled using the layers button () in the upper-right corner. The map also contains several other layers:

  1. Schvitz, Guy, Seraina Rüegger, Luc Girardin, Lars-Erik Cederman, Nils Weidmann, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. 2022. “Mapping the International System, 1886–2017: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 66(1): 144–61. 

  2. MPIDR [Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research] and CGG [Chair for Geodesy and Geoinformatics, University of Rostock] 2012: MPIDR Population History GIS – Rostock.