Yiddish Yomtoyvim, by Mikhailovich, Nikolai
History and development of the Jewish festivals.
Minsk, Mlukhe farlag, 1925. Translated into Yiddish from a manuscript by H. Maysel and Uri Finkel. The cover illustration in a modernistic style by Meyer Akselrod is quite beautiful and evokes the festival celebrations in ancient times.
ORT, an association for the promotion of skilled trades, is a non-profit global Jewish organization that promotes education and training in over 100 countries. After the end of World War II, ORT established rehabilitation programs for the survivors. The first one in Germany was started in August 1945 in the Landsberg DP camp. Vocational training centers were set up in 78 DP (Displaced Persons) Camps in Germany, and nearly 85,000 people acquired professions and the tools they would need to rebuild their lives. Jacob Olejski, a Dachau survivor who had previously organized ORT in Lithuania, was the driving force behind ORT’s revival.
Images from the newsletters published by ORT showing the rehabilitation work done by ORT among the survivors of World War II in Germany preparing them for their eventual immigration to Israel. Most the newsletters we purchased are from 1948.
Foyglen (Birds) by Leib Kvitko and illustrated by Issachar Rybak. Berlin: Shveln, 193-? 15 leaves.
Rybak’s illustrations in color and black and white are quite stunning. Unfortunately, the book was printed of highly acidic paper and the pages are in very bad shape. The book will need to be digitized.
Yiddish Sheet Music from the early 20th century
We recently purchased a collection of Yiddish sheet music. Many of the songs are from the Yiddish stage which flourished on the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Below are two examples of the elaborate covers of the scores. The Hebrew Publishing Company appears to have been the primary publisher.
Kolnik, Arthur, 1890-1971
Portfolio of 12 woodcuts by Kolnik. Paris, Kunstler-gemeinschaft, 1933. Signed by the artist and numbered. The 12 woodcuts consist of illustrations of scenes from Yiddish literary works. Included is an original woodcut of the Yiddish actor, Herz Grosbard, 1892-1994.
First image—Character from a work by M. L. Halpern
Second image—Image of the Yiddish actor Herz Grosbard (1892-1994)