Aug 10, 2015
To be a kultur-tuer, a kind of Yiddish cultural activist, you need a certain look. And this look is something that takes cultivation and hard work. We’ve assembled here some of the most exquisitely dressed men of Yiddish letters. A consideration of the women, often snubbed in such lists, is forthcoming!
1. Moyshe Nadir
The critic and satirist (right) goes for a stroll in the Laurentian Mountains with publisher and bookstore owner Harry Hershman, in 1936. Tweed never goes out of style.
And in his youth Nadir would add a jaunty scarf to the ensemble.
The ascot is preferred by the “Jewish Mark Twain.”
Especially as a way to ward off the dreaded TB.
But when in doubt, Sholem Aleichem, the stylish utilitarian, will don his furs.
The zeyde of Yiddish Literature also loves the ascot.
And he knows a good hat when he finds one.
The young Bergelson, keeping it casual.
The novelist being a good father in style.
Extra points to the playwright Herschbein (left) for his artistic hair, upstaging his friend Zalman Shneur. What a dandy!
6. Moyshe Broderzon
There is something about Yiddish writers and ascots I suppose. It seems to make this poet and playwright smirk. And look at that tie pin!
The famed poet nails what some have called the “rumpled aesthetic.” See this image of Gary Oldman for reference:
And finally, one exception, for our favorite undressed Yiddish writer:
8. Sholem Asch