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.

Text & Translation

אַ ייִדישע היסטאָריקערין פֿון לובלין

A Jewish Historian from Lublin

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Sunny Yudkoff and Saul Noam Zaritt

Jacob Glatstein reminisces about the spa town of Nałęczów and about Bella Mandelsberg, a young historian he met there.

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דער מאַרש צו די גױים

The March to the Goyim

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Saul Noam Zaritt

A no-holds-barred essay from Jacob Glatstein on publishing, translation, and world literature.

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מײַן פֿאָטער

My Father

Aaron Zeitlin

Translation by Nathan Wolski

Aaron Zeitlin’s poem about his father, Hillel Zeitlin

Text & Translation

לידער פֿון טאָגבוך

Three poems from Poems from my Diary

Abraham Sutzkever

Translation by Maia Evrona

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

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"איר שמייכל", "אַ מענטש"

"Her Smile" and "A Man"

Anna Margolin

Translation by Joseph Kary

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

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Evigingo

Leyzer Volf

Translation by Jordan Finkin

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

Text & Translation

דער חובֿ

The Debt

Blume Lempel

Translation by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

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

Text & Translation

פּאָגראָמען אין אוקראַיִנע : די צײַט פֿון דער פֿרײַװיליקער אַרמײ

The Pogroms in Ukraine: the Period of the Volunteer Army

Nokhem Shtif

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

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

Text & Translation

לינטשערײַ

A Lynching

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

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

Text & Translation

סאַקאָ און וואַנזעטיס מאָנטיק

Sacco and Vanzetti’s Monday

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Lawrence Rosenwald

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

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