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Acquisitions

Following is a selective and partially annotated bibliography of major YIVO Library acquisitions. This list will be updated on a periodical basis. (Jump to a list of recently acquired Slavic Judaica.)

Books purchased through the Dina Abramowicz Memorial Book Fund


Compiled by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

  • Berlin, Charles, ed. Catalog of the Hebrew Collection of Harvard College Library. München: Saur, 1995. YIVO Cataloging Department
  • Berinskii, Lev. Luftblumen. Tel Aviv: Farlag Y.L. Perets, 2001. /106765
  • Blom, J.C.H.; Fuks-Mansfeld, R.G.; and Schöffer, I., eds. The History of the Jews in the Netherlands. Oxford; Portland, OR : The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2002. /106441
  • Chang, Shoou-Huey. Ruckgang des synthetischen Prateritums im Jiddischen kontrasitv zum Deutschen. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag, 2001. /106962
  • Eidherr, Armin, hrs.; übertragen von Hermann Hakel. In den roten Tropfen tunk ich meine Feder: jiddische Gedichte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Wien: Kramer, 2001. /106768
  • Endelman, Todd and Kushner, Tony., eds. Disraeli’s Jewishness. London; Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell, 2002. /106766
  • Fishman, Gele Shveyd. In Shtile Shoen: Lider. Hoboken, NJ: KTAV, 2001. /105991
  • Forman, Frieda … [et al.] (sel.); tr. from the Yiddish by Armin Eidherr. Aus der Finsternis geborgen: Erzählungen jiddischer Autorinnen. Salzburg; Wien: Müller, 1999. /106767
  • Freeze, ChaeRan Y. Jewish Marriages and Divorce in Imperial Russia. Hanover: University Press of New England for Brandeis University Press, 2002. /105921
  • Frost, Robert. After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War 1655-1660. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. /105988
  • Grimsted, Patricia Kennedy. Trophies of War and Empire: the Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, c2001. /105989
  • Israel, Jonathan and Salverda, Reinier, eds. Dutch Jewry : Its History and Secular Culture. Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2002. /106959
  • Julius, Anthony. Idolizing Pictures: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Jewish Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2000. /106774
  • Kuhn, Ernst, Wehrmeyer, Andreas and Wolter, Günter, eds. Dmitri Schostakowitsch und das jüdische musikalische Erbe. Berlin: Verlag Ernst Kuhn, 2001. /106982
  • Le Foll, Claire. L’école artistique de Vitebsk (1897-1923): eveil et rayonnement autour de Pen, Chagall, et Malévitch. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002. /107082
  • Lehmann, Rosa. Symbiosis and Ambivalence: Poles and Jews in a Small Galician Town. New York: Berghahn Books, 2001. /105923
  • Lukowski, Jerzy. Partitions of Poland, 1772, 1793, 1795. London: Longman, 1999. /106863
  • Kahn-Paycha, Danièle. Popular Jewish Literature and its Role in the Making of an Identity. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002. /107279
  • Krutikov, Mikhail. Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2001. /105922
  • Magocsi, Paul R. Galicia: a Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983. /106860
  • Manger, Itzik. The World According to Itzik: Selected Poetry and Prose; with an introduction by David G. Roskies and Leonard Wolf. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. /107285
  • Maxwell, Robert L. with Maxwell, Margaret F. Maxwell’s Handbook for AACR2: Explaining and Illustrating the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules and the 1993 Amendments. Chicago: American Library Association, 1997. LOC: YIVO Library Cataloguing Department.
  • Michman, Jozeph; Aptroot, Marion, eds. Storm in the Community: Yiddish Polemical Pamphlets of Amsterdam Jewry, 1797-1798. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2002. /107278
  • Miskolczy, Ambrus. A zsidóemancipáció magyarorságon 1849-ben / Miskolczy Ambrus. Budapest: Múlt És JövQ Kiadó, 1999. /106960
  • Neiss, Marin. Presse im Transit: Jiddische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften in Berlin von 1919 bis 1925. Berlin: Metropol, 2001 /107078
  • Nemtsov, Jascha and Kuhn, Ernst, eds. Jüdische Musik in Sowjetrussland: die "Jüdische Nationale Schule" der zwanziger Jahre. Berlin: Kuhn, 2002. /106977
  • Peretz, Isaac Leib. The I.L. Peretz Reader; edited and with an introduction by Ruth R. Wisse. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. /107287
  • Poznanski, Renée. [Juifs en France pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. English] Jews in France during World War II; translated by Nathan Bracher. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England in Association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ; Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2001. /105990
  • Redlich, Shimon. Together and Apart in Brzezany: Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, 1919-1945. Bloomington: Indianan University Press, 2002. /106862
  • Sholem Aleichem. Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl, the Cantor’s Son; translated by Hillel Halkin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. /107286
  • Signer, Michael A. (ed.) Memory and History in Christianity and Judaism. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001. /106587
  • Silver, Larry with Spira, Freyda and Bellow, Juliet (eds.). Transformation: Jews and Modernity. Philadelphia, PA : Arthur Ross Gallery : Distributed by the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. /106411
  • Wolitz, Seth (ed.). The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001. /106412
  • Zell, Michael. Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. /106861

Recently Acquired Slavic Judaica


Compiled by Nikolai Borodulin

The YIVO Library continues its work to expand its collections of Slavic Judaica. In June 2000, it acquired a new dealer, MIPP International, Inc., the largest supplier of publications from Baltic countries and the CIS to libraries in the West.

Thanks to this connection, the Library has received important publications from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova on various topics related to East European Jewry.

During the past five years the Library has also received material from remote places such as the Urals, Siberia and the Far East.

Among the most significant publications received are those of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania:

Biber, Jevgenija and Kostanian, Rachel. Vilna Ghetto Posters—Jewish Spiritual resistance. English, Yiddish and Lithuanian. 1999, 52 pages.

Catalogue of 16 authentic posters from the Vilna Ghetto, from the collection of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum. The posters announce lectures, health care talks, choir and jazz concerts, lotteries, sport competitions, and other events that took place behind the Ghetto walls in 1942-1943.

Epsteinaite, Dalija and Sakaite, Viktorija. Hands Bringing Life and Bread. English and Lithuanian. 1999, vols. 1-2. 133 pages, photographs.

Two volumes devoted to Lithuanians who risked their lives rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. They contain documented stories and photographs of over one hundred rescuers. An additional five volumes based on the materials from the museum’s collections are planned.

Levinson, Yosif. The Book of Sorrow. English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Lithuanian. "Vaga" publishers, with the participation and financial assistance of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, 1997. 224 pages, photographs.

Images and descriptions of over 200 sites of mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust.

Guzenberg, Irina. Vilnius Ghetto: Lists of Prisoners. English, Lithuanian, and Russian. Vol. 1.: 1996, 430 pages, photographs; Vol. 2.: 1998, 336 pages, photographs and maps.

Lists of the inmates of Vilna Ghetto and of labor camps in Vilna that were compiled during the general population census in May 1942. Also included are scholarly articles and commentaries by the Jewish State museum, a trilingual glossary of ghetto professions, maps, and rare photographs.

Kostanian, Rachel. The Jewish State Museum of Lithuania. English. 1996, 56 pages, color illustrations.

Catalog illustrating the history of the museum and its exhibitions.

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Other Baltic publications received from MIPP include:

Jankeviciene, Alge. The Great Synagogue of Vilnius. Lithuanian and English. Vilnius, 1996. 36 pages, illustrations and bibliography.

A detailed examination of the architecture and history of the Great Synagogue in Vilna.

Kiaupa Z, Kiaupiene J, Kuncevicius A. The History of Lithuania before 1795. English. Vilnius: Lithuanian Institute of History, 2000. 402 pages, illustrations.

Written in 1992-1994 immediately after Lithuania achieved independence from the Soviet Union, this synthesis of Lithuanian social and political history to 1795 was written in the spirit of the revival of Lithuanian historiography.

Ezergailis A. Holokausts vacu okupetaja Latvija 1941-1944. Latvian. Riga: Latvijas vestures instituta apgads, 1999. 591 pages, illustrations.

A comprehensive study of the persecution of Jews in Latvia by Nazis during World War II that goes into meticulous detail about the Riga massacres, concentration camps for German Jews, staged pogroms, the role of Latvian anti-Semites (especially of the Arajs SD Commando Unit) and local police administrations in the persecution, and conflicts between the SD and German Ministry of the East. This work is considered to be an exemplar of the new wave of Baltic scholarship about the Holocaust because of its use of new approaches, precision in description of events, and extensive use of archival documents and trial records.

The Estonian Folklore Archives Tartu,1995. English. 32 pages, illustrations.

Information about the Estonian Folklore Archives, including its collection of Jewish sound recordings.

Eestis ilmunud saksa-, vene- ja muukeelne perioodika 1675-1940. Tallinn: Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia Raamatukogu / Library of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, 1993. 477 pages. Preface in Estonian, German, English and Russian. Index.

The Estonian Retrospective National Bibliography. An alphabetically ordered list of articles in German, Russian, English, Swedish, Esperanto, French, Yiddish and other languages published in Estonian newspapers, magazines, bulletins, yearbooks, and other publications.

Jurbarkas. Vilnius: Pradai, 1996. Lithuanian. 448 pages, illustrations.

A look at the Jurbarkas district of Lithuania, with a review of the area’s history, landscape, and architecture. Includes a description of the distinctive idioms and dialects of Jurbarkas Jews.

Ukrainian publications received from MIPP include:


Shestopal, M. Evrei na Ukraini. Ukrainian. Kyiv: Oriiani, 1999. 194 pages.

A study of the Jews of Ukraine, their history, customs, and traditions.

Dokumenti tragichnoi istorii Ukraini (1917-1927 rr.) Russian. Kyiv: 1999. 640 pages.

An anthology of important and little-known documents about the Ukrainian national liberation movement, political parties, and Bolshevik repression in the region in the early post-World War I era.

Rabinovych, I.A. Na zlami vikiv. Ukrainian. Kyiv: Ukrainska kniga, 1998. 360 pages.

A study in honor of thousand-year anniversary of the Jewish presence in Ukraine, this volume explores the history of Jewish settlement in the region, Jewish culture, and interaction between Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, and Russians. Also covered is the World War II era and the Jewish contribution to the Ukrainian liberation movement.

Kovba, Zh. M. Liudnost u bezodni pekla (Population at the abyss of hell). Kiev, Institut Iudaiki, 2000.

A scholarly work dealing with the history of Jews in Eastern Galicia, Ukraine, with special attention paid to the tragic events of the World War II.

Feller, M. D. Poshuky, spohady, rozdumy ievreia, iakyi pamiataie svoikh didiv, pro ukrainsko-ievreiski vzaiemyny, osoblyvo pro neliudske I liudiane v nykh. Kiev: Institut Iudaiki, 1998. 375 pages, ports.

An account of the complex relations between Jews and Ukrainians and a history of Jews in Ukraine.

Pidhotovchi materialy populiarnoi entsyklopedii "Ukrainske ievreistvo" (Preparatory materials for the Encyclopedia of Ukrainian Jewry). Kiev: Institut Iudaiki,1996. Vols. 3-4.

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Publications received from Belarus include:


Niametska-fashystski henatsyd na Belarusi (1941-1944). Belorussian. Minsk: BelNDTSDAAS, 1995. 416 pages, illustrations.

Documents related to the genocidal campaign waged by the Nazis against the peoples of Belarus in occupied territories during World War II.

Ioffe, E. Stranitsy istoriievreev Belarusi. Russian. Minsk: Arti-Feks, 1996. 294 pages.

A scholarly study of the history of Jews in Belarus, with special attention paid to periods of persecution.

Smilovitskii, Leonid. Evrei Belarusi: iz nashei obshchei istorii, 1905-1953 hh. Russian. Minsk: Arti-Feks, 1999. 362 pages.

A review of the main stages of historical development of Jewish life in Belarus based on archival documents. Particular attention is paid to Nazi genocidal policies in Belarus,mthe participation of Jews in the partisan movement, and Jewish religious life in 1944-1953.

Evrei Belarusi: Istoriia i kul'tura. Russian. Minsk: Bestprint, 1997. 197 pages.

A collection of articles, studies, essays, and bibliographical materials devoted to the problems of interpreting the history and culture of the Jews in Belarus in the context of the study of other Belarusian national minorities.

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Publications received from Moldova include:


Antiiudaism sau lumea grotelor. Romanian. Kishinev: Ruxanda, 1999. 247 pages.

A collection of documents related to manifestations of anti-Semitism in Moldova.

Mazur, Arkadii. Stranitsy istorii Sorokskikh evreev. Russian. Kishinev, 1999. 104 pages, illustrations, ports.

An account of the social and cultural life of the Jews of Soroki, Moldova, from the late 19th century to the present.

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Publications received from Russia include:


Vovsi-Mikhoels, Natalia. Moi otets Solomon Mikhoels (My father Solomon Mikhoels). Moscow, 1997. 234 pages, illustrations.

A memoir by the daughter of the famous Soviet Yiddish actor, director and cultural figure Solomon Mikhoels (1890-1948).

Buianov, M. I. Kholokost I psikhika (Holocaust and psyche). Moscow, 1998. 100 pages.

A physiological study of Holocaust survivors.

Dudakov, S. Paradoksy i prichudy filosemitizma i antisemitizma v Rossii (Paradoxes and whims of philo-Semitism and anti-Semitism in Russia). Moscow: Moscow State University, 2000. 637 pages, bibliography, and index.

A history of Russian Jewry, anti-Semitism, and other aspects of the ethnic relations between Jews and non-Jews.

Feller, M. D. Poshuky, spohady, rozdumy ievreia, iakyi pamiataie svoikh didiv, pro ukrainsko-ievreiski vzaiemyny, osoblyvo pro neliudske I liudiane v nykh. Kiev: Institut Iudaiki, 1998. 375 pages, ports.

An account of the complex relations between Jews and Ukrainians and a history of Jews in Ukraine.

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Fictional works about the Holocaust received by the Library include:


Sefela, Efraim. Monia Tsatskes—znamenosets (Monia Tsatskes—standard-bearer); Popugai, govoriashchii na Yidish (Parrot, speaking Yiddish); Pochemu net raia na zemle (Why there is no Paradise on earth); Mramornye stupeni (Marble steps); Mama. Sankt-Peterburg, 2000.

Girshovich, Leonid. Obmenennye golovy (The exchanged heads). Moscow, 1995.

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Publications from the Urals, Siberia and the Far East include


Evrei v Orenburgskom krae (Jews in Orenburg). Orenburg, 1998.

A history of the Jews in Orenburg, a region in the Urals, from 1806 up to the present.

Sibirskii evreiskii sbornik (Siberian Jewish Anthology). Irkutsk, 1996.

A second collection devoted to various aspects of the life of Siberian Jews.

Kal’mina, L. V. and Kuras, L. V. Evreiskaia obshchina v Zapadnom Zabaikal’e: 60-e gody 19 veka - fevral 1917 goda (The Jewish community in Western Baikal area: 1860s - February 1917). Ulan-Ude, 1999.

The social, economic and religious life of Jews living in the Baikal region from the second half of the 19th century to the February revolution of 1917.

Erusalimchik, G. I. Raznye sud’by - obshchaia sud’ba: iz istorii evreev Cheliabinska (Various Fates - Common Fate: History of Cheliabinsk Jews). Cheliabinsk, 1999.

Chelyabinsk is one of the largest Russian cities (almost 4 million people), situated at the foot of the Ural mountains. Since the Perestroika, its Jews have had the opportunity to live an authentic Jewish life and have established various Jewish cultural and religious institutions. The book covers the history of Chelyabinsk Jews since the second half of the 18th century till the present, and also includes a list of Jews who perished in World War II.

Romanova, V. V. Evrei na Dal’nem Bostoke Rossii: II pol. XIX v. - I chetv. XX v. (Jews in the Far East of Russia: 2nd half of 19th century - 1st quarter of 20th century). Khabarovsk, 2000.

The author conducted her research in the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Russian State Archives, the Far Eastern State History Archives, the archives of the Association of Chinese Jews in Israel, and the Archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. This is the first serious research study of the history of Jewish communities in the Far East. The book examines the socio-economic status of Jews, ethnic relations, and some of the cultural and psychological aspects of Jewish life in the Far East.

Evreiskaia avtonomnaia oblast’: entsiklopedicheskii slovar’ (Jewish Autonomous Region: an Encyclopedia). Birobidzhan, 1999.

An encyclopedia devoted to the economy, history, culture, natural environment, and other aspects of the Jewish autonomous region of Birobidzhan. This territory still bears the name "Jewish," despite the fact that almost no Jews live there nowadays. However, its small size notwithstanding, the Jewish community of Birobidzhan still plays a central role in the Jewish life in the Far East. Interestingly, when the Birobidzhan "experiment" was in its heyday in the mid 1930s, a plan was formulated to publish an encyclopedia such as this one, documenting the culture and natural environment of the Jewish autonomous region. This dream only came true in 1999. This Russian-language publication acknowledges almost all Soviet Yiddish cultural figures and events that took place in the JAR. Many of those mentioned in the encyclopedia who are still alive no longer live in the JAR, but have migrated to Israel or to other countries.