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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 587 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press; First U.S. Edition edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584230185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584230182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark, editor of MyJewishBooks.com on November 26, 1999
This is a great idea for a book and a great gift. For some months, I have trolled through ebay and Amazon auctions, clicking on but never buying copies of old standard and Jewish postcards. The co-author of this book has one of the largest archives of Jewish postcards and images, and he has compiled them into this amazing collection of old Shtetl and Jewish life postcards. They provide the reader with an glimpse of what the Yiddish world was like and what images people wanted to retain. In the words of Gerard Silvain, "Collecting of postcards has become the second largest type of collection in the world...More moving than any other type of collection for the Jew in search of his roots, the postcard collection is still little known by the general public.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Cohen on May 7, 2003
This extraordinary book describes that place known as Yiddishland through a f a collection of postcards from many geographical and cultural corners of the world. Whether Yiddishland is real or mythical is unimportant: what is significant is that these photographs depict a place which no longer exists, but which was held together by the common thread of the Yiddish language. Each photograph is more stunning than the next with a never before seen images of the people, places and things that make up the Yiddish culture. Tears actually welled up when looking at some of these photos as I realized that this beautiful place from our pasts exists no more except here in these pages. This is a book is a great gift idea, and a must for anyone interested in photography, Yiddish culture or just plan beauty. I am so very happy that someone had the skill and courage to undergo this amazing project which speaks like a sparkling work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Shepko on November 4, 2009
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I finally found this book at a reasonable price from this seller. It is an excellent book--a visual record of lost people. Delivery was prompt and the book was in the condition described. I would be happy to buy from this dealer again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murphy on March 13, 2013
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This book is wonderful, terrible, joyous, sad.... All of the things you would expect in a book that chronicles a world we lost to hatred. Yiddish all but disappeared in many families after the war and had no war happened, this is where many of us would be, for better or worse, good or bad.

Yiddishland is what we were. How we lived. What our life was.......before the world consumed us.

If you are Jewish and have connections to Eastern Europe (Russian, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania etc) then this book needs to be on your books shelves and take down and looked through once in a while so we will remember who are, where we came from, who came before us and what could be were it not for hatred allowed to run amok.
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By fleur de lys on February 3, 2014
These images collected, salvaged, commemorate a courageous, resilient people, generations of whom lived in isolated, marginalized communities; the extended populations of the Jewish “Pale.” There are page after page, so many photos of ragged humans, so many bare-footed, unable to afford shoes. Their homes are no more than wooden hovels, without plumbing, water sourced and carried from a common well or street pump. “Water carriers” are seen working at their “trade,” a job description for a service of necessity. Yet these people maintained cohesive communities bound together by faith and tradition. A heart-wrenching panorama of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before its annihilation by the Nazis. Highly recommended for those interested in Jewish history of the shetel not as represented in dramatized productions like “Fiddler on the Roof,” but in documented photographic reality.
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