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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Masquerade Ball in Warsaw, 1925

Alyssa Quint

For our first briv funem arkhiv, Alyssa Quint shares a Halloween-themed find: a pamphlet for a 1925 masquerade ball in Warsaw.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Book Receipt Issued to Martin Buber, 1915

Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Sam Shonkoff shares a receipt issued to Martin Buber for his purchase of thirty-three Hasidic volumes to be shipped from Przemyśl, Galicia, to his current home in Berlin, in October 1915 — in the midst of World War I and a turbulent year for Przemyśl’s Jews.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Vella Grade, Fruit and Vegetable Seller

Saulė Valiūnaitė

Saulė Valiūnaitė finds Chaim Grade’s mother Vella listed as a fruit and vegetable seller in interwar Vilna, just as Grade movingly depicts her in his memoir.

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