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.


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

The base map shows current political borders. If you would like to see a historical map, click on the button in the upper-right corner to add a layer. These maps (one in English from 1914; another in Yiddish from Yitskhok Kadushin’s Geografisher atlas [1922]) are scanned images that have been “georeferenced” or “georectified” in order to be superimposed on a digital map, which may result in some inaccuracies in locations.

The final map layer includes a point for each of the informants from the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ) whose audio recording is available on the Columbia University Libraries website.

The approximate boundaries of the major Yiddish dialects shown in blue are based on Katz (1983:1023) and were provided to us by Dr. Lea Schäfer. Labels are shown only for the major areas of Eastern Yiddish (NEY, CY, and SEY) and Western Yiddish.