Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.

This interesting 200+ page paperback book contains historical facts, stories and legends about the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht.  The author, Morris Myer was born in Romania in 1879.  He came to London in 1902 and worked as a journalist. He was known as a writer, an … Continue reading Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.

Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.

S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky.  He was my great-grandmother's first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888. In his youth he moved to Warsaw and studied painting. He spent some time in the Warsaw Citadel for revolutionary activities. In 1910 he left … Continue reading Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.

In Kamf Kegen Shtrom (In a struggle against the stream), by Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schwartz, London 1946

This book is subtitled '25 years of Jewish living in London'.  Rabbi Schwartz was born about 1875 in Europe.  He was a shochet (a ritual slaughterer), and this is his book, published two years before he died in 1948. He has a lot to say - 242 pages of Yiddish, in a small typeface, printed … Continue reading In Kamf Kegen Shtrom (In a struggle against the stream), by Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schwartz, London 1946

Der Bloyer Foygel – דער בלאיער פויגעל -(The Blue Bird), by Maurice Maeterlinck, translated into Yiddish by Morris Myer, London 1910.

L'Oiseau Blue - The Blue Bird was a play by the Belgian poet and playwright, Maurice Maeterlinck, first produced in 1908.  This edition is a  translation into Yiddish by Morris Myer. It was published in 1910 by English Yidisher Ferlag in London and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel. Morris Myer was born in Romania … Continue reading Der Bloyer Foygel – דער בלאיער פויגעל -(The Blue Bird), by Maurice Maeterlinck, translated into Yiddish by Morris Myer, London 1910.

Arbeiter Freynd – The Workers Friend, Anarchist newspaper in Yiddish, London 1905

I have about six months of issues of this famous and classic newspaper, printed in 1905. The paper is brown and disintegrating and we have done our best to produce some photographs - it is far too fragile to scan. The Arbeiter Freynd was started in London in 1885 by Morris Winchevsky.  It would periodically … Continue reading Arbeiter Freynd – The Workers Friend, Anarchist newspaper in Yiddish, London 1905

Folk Un Literatur (People and Literature), Leo Kenig, London, 1947.

Folk Un Literature is subtitled: Five lectures on the main tendencies and characteristics of modern Yiddish literature, and a dissertation on Jews in modern art.  Leo Konig was born near Minsk and brought up in Odessa, where he attended the Yeshiva of Chaim Tchernowitz (Rav Tsair). From 1908 to 1912 he studied art at the … Continue reading Folk Un Literatur (People and Literature), Leo Kenig, London, 1947.

Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

Ben-A Sochachewsky (1889-1958) was a journalist, poet and teller of Chassidic stories.  He was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in London about 1913. He was on the editorial staff of Di Zeit, the London Yiddish newspaper, of which I have written about here. His actual name was Yechiel Meir or "Chil Majer" Sochachewsky, but … Continue reading Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

In Meine Teg (In my Days), Memoirs by Selig Oberman, London 1947

This book is an important autobiography in Yiddish in three parts that includes not only the authors earlier experiences in Warsaw, but also, especially, London.  Selig Oberman details memories of the Black Lion Yard Shtiebel, Bethnal Green Synagogue and the Dalston Talmud Torah.  Selig Oberman, or to give him his full name, Asher Zelig Oberman … Continue reading In Meine Teg (In my Days), Memoirs by Selig Oberman, London 1947

Out of Chaos, by Moysheh Oyved, London, 1918 (first published in Yiddish 1917).

The Yiddish writer and poet, Moysheh Oyved's real name was Edward Good.  He had a fine jewellery and antiques shop near the British Museum.  You can read more about his life and see some of his writing in Yiddish here. This little book was his first published work. It was originally printed in Yiddish by … Continue reading Out of Chaos, by Moysheh Oyved, London, 1918 (first published in Yiddish 1917).

In Zchus Fun Di Teg (For the Sake of the Days), Moysheh Oyved, London 1946

Moysheh Oyved was the pseudonym of Edward Good, born Moshe Gudak in 1885 in Skampe (Skape), Vlotsavek District, Poland.  His father was a Chazan (Cantor) and Schochet (Slaughterer) near Torun (Thorn) near the German border.  In 1908 he opened a jewellery ship in London which prospered and became known as "Cameo Corner" near the British … Continue reading In Zchus Fun Di Teg (For the Sake of the Days), Moysheh Oyved, London 1946