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  1. Because Yiddish, one of the two main Jewish languages, belongs to the Germanic group, in fact one of the dialects of the early forms of German, with a large number of Hebrew and Slavic loanwords in the vocabulary. But another reason is that in the Austrian Empire and in the German states, where a significant number of Jews lived, for the first time they began to give surnames to Jews, as a voluntary and compulsory measure. In Austria, this process was slightly longer. There, officials had the opportunity to go on a rampage. In some places, Jews came up with surnames themselves, and in others, German-speaking officials did it for them. Now sometimes you can't tell…

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