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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לידער פֿון טאָגבוך

Three poems from Poems from my Diary

Three poems from Abra­ham Sutzkever’s col­lec­tion Poems from My Diary.

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"איר שמייכל", "אַ מענטש"

"Her Smile" and "A Man"

New trans­la­tions of two poems from Anna Mar­golin’s lid­er.

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Leyz­er Volf’s Yid­dish Hiawatha”, writ­ten over three days and pub­lished in a roman­ized script.

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דער חובֿ

The Debt

An exclu­sive extract from Oedi­pus in Brook­lyn and Oth­er Sto­ries by Blume Lempel. 

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פּאָגראָמען אין אוקראַיִנע : די צײַט פֿון דער פֿרײַװיליקער אַרמײ

The Pogroms in Ukraine: the Period of the Volunteer Army

Excepts from Nokhem Shtif’s accounts of pogroms in Ukraine dur­ing the Russ­ian Civ­il War. 

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A Lynching

The grit­ty, and con­tro­ver­sial 1920s account of a lynch­ing by Joseph Opatoshu.

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סאַקאָ און וואַנזעטיס מאָנטיק

Sacco and Vanzetti’s Monday

A poem about Sac­co and Vanzetti, orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished the day before their execution. 

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דער פֿערציקיעריקער מאַן

The Forty-Year-Old Man

New trans­la­tions of four sec­tions from Mark­ish’s book-length mod­ernist poem. 

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בינטשע די צדקתטע אָדער די אײַנגעפֿאַלענע באָד

Bintshe the Tsadeykeste or The Demolished Bathhouse

A new trans­la­tion of a nine­teenth cen­tu­ry chap­book detail­ing the com­ic adven­tures of a woman named Bintshe and her mis­sion to save a dilap­i­dat­ed bathhouse.