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Yiddish Jokes with Ruth Kohn: “The Eulogy” (with English subtitles)

It’s widely known that Eastern European Jews have a traditional, ironic brand of humor.

You can hear it clearly in this anecdote told by Ruth Kohn, a professional Yiddish translator and interpreter, at a talent show held at the annual “Yiddish Vokh” in Copake, NY:

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