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 לוויה אין רעגן

A Funeral in the Rain

Abraham Sutzkever

Translation by Zackary Sholem Berger

A prose poem from Abraham Sutzkever’s 1975 volume Green Aquarium. “A man with a heavy bag on his back approaches a dark city in a rainstorm…”

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סיביר

Siberia

Abraham Sutzkever

Translation by Richard J. Fein

Sutzkever’s cycle of poems about his childhood years spent in Siberia: “In the light-dark snowed-under / village of my childhood in Siberia / blossoms bloom from shadows’ eyes— / countless quicksilver blossoms…”

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אָאַזיס

Poems from Oasis

Abraham Sutzkever

Translation by James Nadel

New translations of six poems from Sutzkever’s 1960 collection Oasis.

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“אַלטמאָדיש“ און „דער ים„

"Old-Fashioned" and "The Sea"

Yoysef Kerler

Translation by Maia Evrona

Translations of two poems by Yoysef Kerler

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קיביאַ

Qibya

Jacob Glatstein

Translation by Adi Mahalel

A new translation of Jacob Glatstein’s 1956 poem about the “Qibya affair.”

Text & Translation

דער פֿערציקיעריקער מאַן

The Forty-Year-Old Man

Peretz Markish

Translation by Rose Waldman

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

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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Evigingo

Leyzer Volf

Translation by Jordan Finkin

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

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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.

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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