The finest photographic documentary of Jewish life in Eastern Europe during the
1920s and 30s.
First and only edition of this rare photographic work, that has never been superseded.
In addition to choosing from some thousands of postcards and family photographs
submitted by readers of the Yiddish ‘Daily Forward’, the editors were able to
reproduce images previously published in the Forward’s Rotogravure section by the
photographers Alter Kacyzna and Menakhem Kipnis. Additionally, the now famous
images of Roman Vishniac were first presented to the public in this work.
The book is profusely illustrated with black and white reproductions of photographs,
and divided to two parts: 1) Jewish Cities; 2) Jewish People.
Raphael Abramovitch (1880–1963) was a Russian Jewish political activist – a socialist,
member of the General Jewish Workers’ Union in Lithuania, Poland and Russia (Bund),
and the leader of the Menshevik wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’
Party (RSDRP). As a Marxist he was part of the Jewish Bund. He took part in the
Russian Revolution on the side of the Mensheviks. After the Bolshevik victory he fled
to Germany, then France, and eventually to the United States. Abramovitch was a vocal
opponent of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
First edition. Landscape quarto (21 x 27 cm), 575 pp. Text in Yiddish and English. Illustrated title-page. Pages in crisp condition, joints week, but holding. Original red cloth boards with woodcut illustrated paste-down and gilt lettering. A very good copy.
Stock ID: 99627