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Freidus, Borokhov, and the Café Royal

Zachary M. Baker

Baker explores the career of Abraham S. Freidus, a reclusive, pioneering, and Yiddish-theater-loving Judaica librarian. His research reveals the tight nexus that existed a century ago between a small coterie of Eastern European-born Judaica librarians in the United States; their philanthropic patrons of Central European background; and the largely male, Yiddish-speaking readers who frequented the important Jewish libraries of that era.