The Legend of Colin Powell's Yiddish https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/arts-culture/2021/11/the-legend-of-colin-powells-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.

November 17, 2021 | Philologos
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Colin Powell at the Pentagon in 1991. Rick Maiman/Sygma via Getty Images.

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