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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שרעק

Fear

Chana Blankshteyn

Translation by Anita Norich

A Short story from author, editor and activist Chana Blankshteyn.

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A Survey of New Jewish Literature

Mao Dun

Translation by Anruo Bao

A 1921 article about Yiddish literature by Chinese scholar Mao Dun, which has served as a foundational piece for Yiddish Studies in China.

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דרײַ לידער

Three Poems

Leyb Kvitko

Translation by Harriet Murav and Zackary Sholem Berger

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

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פֿון לאַנד שװינדזוכט

From The Land of Consumption

Shloyme Gilbert

Translation by Abigail Weaver and David Weaver

Shloyme Gilbert’s haunting, atmospheric vignette based on his own experiences in a sanatorium.

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די באַלאַדע פֿון מײַן אומעט

My Tale of Woe

Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

Translation by Michael Shapiro

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

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בײַטאָג אױפֿן אַלטן מאַרק

A Day in the Old Market

Yakov Leshchinsky

Translation by Robert Brym

An Extract from Yakov Leshchinsky’s Di ekonomishe lage fun Yidn in Poyln.

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וועגן דער מאָהליווער שול: זכרונות

On the Mogilev Shul: Recollections

El Lissitzky

Translation by Madeleine Cohen

Recollections of a visit to a wooden synagogue in Mogilev by the great modernist artist El Lissitzky.

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מאַקס ליבערמאַן

Max Liebermann

Rachel Wischnitzer

Translation by Sophie Duvernoy

Milgroym founder Rachel Wischnitzer’s portrait of painter Max Liebermann (1847–1935) on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday.

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אַ שאלה

A Problem

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Zeke Levine and Raphael Halff

Short story from Milgroym issue 6

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אַ סוד

A Secret

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Daniel Kennedy

Short story from Milgroym issue 4

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