The Legend of Colin Powell's Yiddish

The late statesman’s supposed knowledge of Yiddish bordered on the mythic. And myth it was, for his admirers routinely exaggerated his facility with the language.

Colin Powell at the Pentagon in 1991. Rick Maiman/Sygma via Getty Images.

Colin Powell at the Pentagon in 1991. Rick Maiman/Sygma via Getty Images.

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Nov. 17 2021
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