Texts & Translations

New translations into English of Yiddish language materials including poetry, stories, essays, and archival materials of all kinds. Original Yiddish texts are presented in a standardized orthography and are fully searchable.

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War Poems

Two poems by Yoy­sef Kerler

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אורי צבֿי פֿאַרן צלם

Uri Zvi Before the Cross

A new trans­la­tion of Uri Zvi Grin­berg’s provoca­tive exper­i­men­tal typo­graph­ic poem, first pub­lished in his lit­er­ary jour­nal Alba­tros.

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Two poems by Miryam Uli­nover, trans­lat­ed by Mindy Liberman.

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דרײַ לידער

Three Poems

Three poems by Sarah Reisen. 

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דרײַ לידער

Three Poems

Three poems by Leyb Kvitko from his 1919 col­lec­tion, Trit.

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די באַלאַדע פֿון מײַן אומעט

My Tale of Woe

Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s mor­bid, post­mod­ernist bal­lad in a new, cre­ative trans­la­tion by Michael Shapiro. 

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אַ שטיקעלע ברויט

A Crumb of Bread

A new trans­la­tion of David Edelsh­tat’s pro­le­tar­i­an poem a shtikele broyt.

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ייִדישע שטעטלעך פֿון פּוילן

Jewish Towns of Poland

The open­ing sec­tion of a Grade’s col­lec­tion Shayn fun far­loshene shtern (Shine of Extin­guished Stars, 1950).

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כּתר: פֿראַגמענטן פֿון אַ ראַפּסאָדיע

Keter: Fragments of a Rhapsody

Zeitlin’s kab­bal­is­tic poem offers a stun­ning, yet dif­fi­cult, fusion of Yid­dish expres­sion­ism and futur­ism on the one hand, and mys­ti­cal and mes­sian­ic thought on the other. 

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Two poems by Celia Dropkin 

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