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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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A Library of Hope and Destruction

A Library of Hope and Destruction

The Yiddish Book Series ‘Dos poylishe yidntum’ (Polish Jewry) 1946‒1966

(p.173) A Library of Hope and Destruction
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Jan Schwarz

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reconstructs the publication history of a series of Yiddish books in Buenos Aires called Dos poylishe yidntum. It refers to Mark Turkov, a Jewish journalist in inter-war Warsaw, who published 175 volumes under this Yiddish imprint between 1946 and 1966. It then explores how the series became one of the more remarkable literary memorials to the destroyed Polish Jewish community. The chapter looks at the aim of the series in beating witness to the annihilation of Polish and east European Jewry and in erecting a literary memorial to Jewish life in pre-war Poland. It compares Dos poylishe yidntum to memorial books that were printed in small runs as they were intended primarily for the offspring of their editors and contributors, who themselves were mostly survivors of the town in question.

Keywords:   Yiddish books, Mark Turkov, inter-war Warsaw, Polish Jewish community, memorial books

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