Item #1994 [DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].
[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].
[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].
[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].
[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].
[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].

[DER EMES FINAL YEARS] סייבפעלא Azbuka v stikhakh [i.e. ABC in Verse].

Item #1994

Moscow: Der Emes, 1947. 48 pp. 25,5x18,5 cm. Original illustrated wrapper. Tear to the spine, otherwise very good. First and only edition. Designer of this publication is unknown.

Lev (Leib) Moiseevich Kvitko (1890-1952) was a Soviet Jewish (Yiddish) poet. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by his grandmother and received some education in a cheder. He
commenced his poetic endeavors at the age of 12. From 1921, he resided and published in Berlin and later in Hamburg, where he worked at the Soviet trade mission and contributed to publications in both Soviet and Western contexts. During this period, he joined the Communist Party, engaging in communist outreach among workers. In 1925, apprehensive of potential arrest, he returned to the USSR, where he authored numerous books for children, with 17 published in 1928 alone. Facing accusations of "right-wing deviation" due to his sharp satirical poems in the magazine "Di Roite Welt" ("Red World"), he was expelled from the editorial board. In 1931, he joined the Kharkov Tractor Plant, continuing his literary pursuits alongside his professional endeavors. Throughout the war, he played a significant role in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC) as a presidium member and part of the editorial board for the JAC newspaper "Einikait" ("Unity"). Arrested on January 23, 1949, as one of the prominent figures of the JAC, he faced accusations of treason. On July 18, 1952, the Military Collegium of the
Supreme Court of the USSR sentenced him to capital punishment, and on August 12, 1952, he was executed.

‘Der Emes’ was a publishing house in the USSR that specialized on books in Yiddish and the translations to Russian from Yiddish. It was the largest publishing house in the country, dedicated to Soviet Jewish editions. After Solomon Mikhoels’ assassination and the arrests of the members of Jewish Anti-fascist Committee, it was shut down in 1949. This edition became one of the last official editions to feature the Hebrew alphabet in the USSR for decades.

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