Yiddish Fight Club
An exhibition at New York's Yivo Institute for Jewish Research featuring photographs of prominent Jewish boxers and wrestlers from the 1920s introduces visitors to an abundance of Yiddish words associated with these sports.
As Joseph Berger notes in the New York Times, "The show is laced with multiple Yiddish terms for pugilistic moves, like 'knak' (a hard punch), 'shtaysl' (an uppercut) and 'der gubernator' (jabbing one’s thumb into a foe’s rib cage)." Curator Eddy Portnoy explains that he drew on a 1926 lexicon of Yiddish terms compiled by Hershl Grinboym--we look forward to learning more about this text.
For detailed information, see Joseph Berger's April 30 New York Times story, "Jewish Boxers and Wrestlers, and Yiddish Fighting Words, at Yivo Institute Exhibition."
The exhibit opened on April 30 at the Constantiner Gallery, first floor, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011.