Moscow: Der Emes, 1944. Item #1097
336 pp. 22,5x15,5 cm. In original cardboards with letterpress design. In very good condition, rubbed, stains on covers and on pages occasionally.
First and only wartime edition. One of 7000 copies. Text is printed in Yiddish, the table of contents is in Yiddish and Russian in parallel.
Cover design was produced by artist Aron Gefter (1894-1963). He studied in VKhUTEIN in 1921–1924. From 1925 he started to contribute to periodicals creating political and anti-religious caricatures that were as aggressive as works by Cheremnykh and Moor. He was the main artist of the magazine ‘Der Apikoires’ (Jewish ‘Bezbozhnik’).
Two half-titles were produced by graphic artist Gersh Inger (1910-1995), known as a book illustrator of Jewish writers. As far as he was influenced by Kultur Liga, all his 1920s works were created in the cubist style. Both half-titles are laconic, but the second one expresses the wartime tragedy.
This anthology consists of works by 45 poets and writers. The book was printed in August 1944 and, by this time, three of them died on the frontline. That’s why the names of L. Reznik, G. Shvedik and M. Gol’dstein are framed in the table of contents.
The edition was edited by poet Peretz Markish (1895-1952) - the second section ‘Will Not Forget and Will Not Forgive’ opens with 2 poems by him. As a member of the Jewish Anti-Nazi Committee, Markish was arrested in 1949, then shot together with other accused writers in 1952.
According to Worldcat, only paper copy is located in Princeton University.