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He grew up in a working class family in [[Clapton]], and went to Hackney Downs School.<ref name=jc>Colin Schindler, [https://www.thejc.com/news/obituaries/obituary-barry-davis-1.456864 "Obituary: Barry Davis"], ''Jewish Chronicle'', 18 January 2018.</ref> Hestudied history at [[LSE]], in Vienna, and at the Hebrew University, and Yiddish in Columbia, New York. He lectured in Modern European History focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He also taught Yiddish language and literature for many years. He wrote widely on Yiddish literature. He worked with Holocaust survivors in Yiddish, and had worked on films and in the theatre in English and Yiddish”<ref name=danube>Disa Witkowska, Viktoria Makai, [https://danubeonthames.wordpress.com/jewish-danube/yiddish-danube-on-thames-2016/an-interview-with-barry-davis-our-yiddish-language-teacher/ "An interview with Barry Davis, our Yiddish Teacher"] ''Danube on Thames'', [https://danubeonthames.wordpress.com/jewish-danube/yiddish-danube-on-thames-2016/an-interview-with-barry-davis-our-yiddish-language-teacher/ Archived] by the Internet Archive, 20/01/2018).</ref>
 
He grew up in a working class family in [[Clapton]], and went to Hackney Downs School.<ref name=jc>Colin Schindler, [https://www.thejc.com/news/obituaries/obituary-barry-davis-1.456864 "Obituary: Barry Davis"], ''Jewish Chronicle'', 18 January 2018.</ref> Hestudied history at [[LSE]], in Vienna, and at the Hebrew University, and Yiddish in Columbia, New York. He lectured in Modern European History focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He also taught Yiddish language and literature for many years. He wrote widely on Yiddish literature. He worked with Holocaust survivors in Yiddish, and had worked on films and in the theatre in English and Yiddish”<ref name=danube>Disa Witkowska, Viktoria Makai, [https://danubeonthames.wordpress.com/jewish-danube/yiddish-danube-on-thames-2016/an-interview-with-barry-davis-our-yiddish-language-teacher/ "An interview with Barry Davis, our Yiddish Teacher"] ''Danube on Thames'', [https://danubeonthames.wordpress.com/jewish-danube/yiddish-danube-on-thames-2016/an-interview-with-barry-davis-our-yiddish-language-teacher/ Archived] by the Internet Archive, 20/01/2018).</ref>
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In 1983 he was involved in writing the ''Gay Purim Spiel''.<ref>[http://queerbeyondlondon.com/conference/london-a-central-place-in-the-creation-and-consolidation-of-lgbt-jewish-identity/ "London: a central place in the creation and consolidation of LGBT+ Jewish identity"], ''[[Queer Beyond London]] ([http://web.archive.org/web/20180120152909/http://queerbeyondlondon.com/conference/london-a-central-place-in-the-creation-and-consolidation-of-lgbt-jewish-identity/ Archived] by the Internet Archive, 20/01/2018).</ref> (a purim spiel is a dramatic performance traditionally performed at the Jewish feast of Purim).
  
 
He was a founder member of [[Icebreakers]] and a member of the [[Jewish Gay Group]]. He took a leading role in the [[Kabbalat Shabbat]] for the Jewish gay community on Friday nights at a location provided by Rabbi Dov Marmur of Alyth Gardens Synagogue.<ref name=jc />
 
He was a founder member of [[Icebreakers]] and a member of the [[Jewish Gay Group]]. He took a leading role in the [[Kabbalat Shabbat]] for the Jewish gay community on Friday nights at a location provided by Rabbi Dov Marmur of Alyth Gardens Synagogue.<ref name=jc />

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Barry Davis reading the soliloquy from Hamlet in Yiddish
Barry Davis (1945–2017) was an actor and Yiddish scholar.

He grew up in a working class family in Clapton, and went to Hackney Downs School.[1] Hestudied history at LSE, in Vienna, and at the Hebrew University, and Yiddish in Columbia, New York. He lectured in Modern European History focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He also taught Yiddish language and literature for many years. He wrote widely on Yiddish literature. He worked with Holocaust survivors in Yiddish, and had worked on films and in the theatre in English and Yiddish”[2]

In 1983 he was involved in writing the Gay Purim Spiel.[3] (a purim spiel is a dramatic performance traditionally performed at the Jewish feast of Purim).

He was a founder member of Icebreakers and a member of the Jewish Gay Group. He took a leading role in the Kabbalat Shabbat for the Jewish gay community on Friday nights at a location provided by Rabbi Dov Marmur of Alyth Gardens Synagogue.[1]

He is survived by his partner of a quarter of a century, Fabrizio.[1]

Bibliography

  • Barry Davis, Yiddish and the Jewish Identity, History Workshop, 1987

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Colin Schindler, "Obituary: Barry Davis", Jewish Chronicle, 18 January 2018.
  2. Disa Witkowska, Viktoria Makai, "An interview with Barry Davis, our Yiddish Teacher" Danube on Thames, Archived by the Internet Archive, 20/01/2018).
  3. "London: a central place in the creation and consolidation of LGBT+ Jewish identity", Queer Beyond London (Archived by the Internet Archive, 20/01/2018).