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    YIVO Institute
    YIVO Institute
    YIVO Institute

    YIVO Institute

    The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research—preserving the world's largest archive of East European Jewry. 24 million archival documents and library books, public ev

    Panoramic view of the settlement. Balforia, Israel 1922.

    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.

    Krokodil, page 874. Moscow, 1923.

    Masikhta Baba Kama, handcopied by Anshel Rothschild. Frankfurt, 1722.

    Book of Privileges. The signature of Hapsburg empress Maria Theresa appears on the body of ordinances governing Austrian Jews under her rule. Austria, 1754.

    Yiddish version of the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. New York, 1892.

    An unidentified man poses seated by a display of handicrafts produced as a final exam in an ORT school. Photograph donated by Sternschein. Chernowitz, circa 1935.

    Theater personality Rudolf Schildkraut as King Lear.

    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.

    Russian-Hebrew Dictionary, Ben Yehuda. Vilna, 1909.

    Portrait of a baker removing freshly baked loaves of bread from an oven at the bakery of the Central Relief Committee for Jewish Refugees from the Ukraine and Russia. Volomin, 1921-22.

    Lvov, 1867. Medicine text on cosmology.

    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.

    Portrait of Rabbi Elieze Rabinowitz (1859-1924), chief Rabbi of Minsk.

    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.

    The End of the Jewish Left Political theorist Michael Walzer and others argue about the death of the century-long Jewish-Leftist alliance.

    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.

    Jewish riverbank workers take apart a raft of lumber. Pinsk, December 7, 1924.

    "In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible," by Michael Walzer. In this eagerly awaited book, political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible.

    Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'"

    Yeshiva bokhrim, eat and read around tables in a Yeshiva. Slovakia, 1920s.

    'From that Place and Time' is the memoir of Lucy S. Dawidowicz, an American-Jewish historian who set out to study Yiddish language and Jewish history at YIVO, the Jewish Scientific Institute in Vilna, Poland, in 1938. Escaping Poland only days before the Nazi onslaught, she worked in the New York YIVO during the war, and returned to Europe from 1946 to 1947 to aid Jewish displaced persons in Munich and Belsen with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

    Autographed picture of Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson signed for Molly Picon, 1957.

    Sanctuary in the Wilderness, by Alan Mintz.

    Girls wearing striped aprons pose with sewing machines in a seamstress class at the ORT trade school for girls. Pinsk, 1921.

    Chávez, Jews, and the Left by Claudio Lomnitz,

    Worshippers leaving the Altshtot, Old City, synagogue on Wolborska Street. Photograph Moshe Raviv. Lodz, 1937.

    Der Groyser Kundes - Cover - December 17, 1915.

    Men walking on a path in the shulhoyf. A Yiddish poster advertising the services of shipping agent L. Kopelovitsh to emigrants to Palestine. Election posters. Vilna, Lithuania 1930s.

    On May 6-7, 2012 the YIVO Institute in collaboration with the American Jewish Historical Society will present an international conference on "Jews and the Left."

    At the Jewish Children's Home. Barefoot girls in white dresses pose in a dance tableau in a room with floral wainscoting and a decorative wall-hanging. Kaunas, circa 1925.

    'The Jews Street' A Cobblestone street with shops, a sign for Reims Wine. Litomerice, circa 1934.

    Young children wearing bloomers washing and brushing their teeth at a bathroom in the Jewish child's house, morning and evening hygiene. Kovno, 1930s.

    Abraham Sutzkever, an unidentified man, and Gershon Abramowicz bringing YIVO materials hidden during the war to a new Jewish museum. Vilna, 1944.

    Albert Einstein with Maurice Schwartz posing in costume for Yoshe Kalb. Rappoport Studios, New York, 1932-33.

    Children posing the courtyard of an orphanage. Vilna, Lithuania 1920s.

    Kishinev, 1903 - Victims of the pogrom pose outside their ruined home.

    SS General Black, the first boat with immigrants arriving in New York in accord with the law on DPs of 1948.

    My Future Is in America by Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer

    CITY WITHIN A CITY by Basia Temkin-Berman. This diary was written in Polish when Basia (Batya), and her husband Dr. Adolf-Abraham Berman, lived on the Aryan side of Warsaw—the part designated by the Nazis for Polish Christians only—and led a secret network helping thousands of Jews to hide and survive. Cosponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

    Two women walk along a tree-lined path on the bank of the Neman River. Birstonas, date unknown. Photography by J. Skrinskos.

    1937 poster, Nailebn "New Life: Hail the 20th Anniversary of the U.S.S.R.!"

    Patz, Golde. Homer. Ilias un Odisya. The Iliad and Odyssey. Berlin, Farlag Gesher, 1924.