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Jewish Colonial Trust's establishment was suggested at the First Zionist Congress. It was to serve as a financial institution which would hold funds for the needs of the Zionist movement.
Letter signed by Lord Rothschild, Samuel Montagu, David Alexander and Claude Montefiore, all members of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who organized the Russo-Jewish Committee in London to assist the victims of the pogroms in Russia. London, November 1905.
The Russian Museum of Ethnography and The Russian American Foundation are co-presenting a new exhibition with the YIVO Institute: The Jews of Tsarist Russia, opening reception at The YIVO Institute on June 4, 2012. The exhibition will present for the first time in the United States scarcely known and unique pages of the photographic record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia from the collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In his three-volume history, Antony Polonsky provides a comprehensive survey - socio-political, economic, and religious - of the Jewish communities of eastern Europe from 1350 to the present. Until the Second World War, this was the heartland of the Jewish world: nearly three and a half million Jews lived in Poland alone, while nearly three million more lived in the Soviet Union.
Here and Now: The Vision of the Jewish Labor Bund in Interwar Poland (2002) was exhibited by YIVO to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Labor Bund. Made possible through the generous support of the YIVO Board of Directors and by YIVO Trustee Motl Zelmanowicz, the exhibition was curated by Leo Greenbaum, Krysia Fisher, and Fruma Mohrer.
Just before the outbreak of World War II, young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America. In 1953, still living as an expatriate in Argentina, he began his "Diary" with one of literature's most memorable openings: Monday - Me; Tuesday - Me; Wednesday - Me; and, Thursday - Me.
YIVO's exhibition, "Shades of Red: The Yiddish Left-Wing Press in America," opened on May 6, 2012, in conjunction with its major international conference of 2012: "Jews and the Left." With the arrival of Yiddish speaking masses from Eastern Europe in the last decades of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Yiddish press evolved from a few small papers into a massive journalistic institution.