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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כּתר: פֿראַגמענטן פֿון אַ ראַפּסאָדיע

Keter: Fragments of a Rhapsody

Zeitlin’s kab­bal­is­tic poem offers a stun­ning, yet dif­fi­cult, fusion of Yid­dish expres­sion­ism and futur­ism on the one hand, and mys­ti­cal and mes­sian­ic thought on the other. 

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לעצטע מעשׂים־טובֿים פֿון אַ טאָמײטע

A Tomato's Last Good Deeds

If you thought Shloyme Gilbert’s Mono­logue of a Dog” was strange, wait until you read Get­sl Selikovit­sh’s toma­to monologue. 

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די גרינע עפּעלעך פֿון גן־עדן

Green Apples from the Garden of Eden

From Boris San­dler’s 1997 col­lec­tion Toy­ern (Gate­ways): a sto­ry in which an immi­grant’s rem­i­nis­cences are so vivid they all but blur the bor­der between dreams and time travel.

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צוויי לידער

Two Poems

Two poems by Celia Dropkin 

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משיח אין אַמעריקע

Messiah in America

An exclu­sive extract from Moyshe Nadir’s 1932 satire, Mes­si­ah in America.

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חיים גראַװיצער (די געשיכטע פֿון דעם געפֿאַלענעם): פֿון דער חבדישער װעלט

Chaim Gravitzer (The Tale of the Downfallen One): From the World of Chabad

An extract from Fishl Schneer­sohn’s nov­el Chaim Grav­itzer: The Tale of the Down­fall­en One From the World of Cha­bad.

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הונגער: אַ מאָנאָלאָג פֿון אַ הונט

Hunger: Monologue of a Dog

Shloyme Gilbert’s tale of hard­ship and alien­ation, nar­rat­ed by a dog.

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דער טױער־מאָטיװ אין דער בוך־קונסט

The Motif of the Porch

Mil­groym edi­tor Rachel Wis­chnitzer’s essay on illus­trat­ed Hebrew manuscripts

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ברוך דיין אמת

Blessed is the True Judge

A short sto­ry from Leon Kobrin’s 1903 col­lec­tion Geto dra­men.

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קאָמיטעט צו זאַמלען מאַטעריאַלן װעגן ייִדישן חורבן אין פּױלן, 1939. ביולעטין נומער 3

Committee for the Collection of Materials on the Destruction of the Jews in Poland, 1939. Bulletin no. 3

A bul­letin pro­duced by the Vil­na Komitet in 1939, includ­ed in Miri­am Schulz’s recent book, Der Beginn des Unter­gangs: Die Zer­störung der jüdis­chen Gemein­den in Polen und das Ver­mächt­nis des Wilnaer Komi­tees (“Before the bow that was drawn”: The Vil­na Komitet and its doc­u­men­ta­tion of the destruc­tion of Pol­ish Jew­ry), pre­sent­ed here in a new translation.