Friday, May 30, 2008

Yiddish Still Alive and Well

Amidst the bustling metropolis of Tel Aviv, these guys clop along with their horse and cart. They move through every neighborhood in turn, yelling, "Altazachen! Altazachen! Altazachen!" which means old things in Yiddish and German.

They are called Asfanay Schmatez by the people who know them: junk collectors. The backs of their carts are filled with dysfunctional refridgerators, ovens, and random pieces of leftover metal.

This video was taken on Dizengoff Street, the trendiest and busiest shopping area of Tel Aviv. The Asfanay Schmatez pass by the designer shops one by one, albeit much slower than the taxis that honk at them as they pass.

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