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Gudrun Mattes' interest in studying Yiddish was sparked by a rather random conversation held more than 20 years ago. At the time, she was working as a nanny in the United States and happened to be attending a birthday party. The mostly Jewish guests were naturally stunned when the young Roman-Catholic German woman began belting out that all-time Yiddish favorite "Ba Mir Bistu Shein" - a song she had...