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Lot #    17579
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 2:06:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    In tool fun dodt (In the valley of death)
Title (Hebrew)    אין טאל פון טויט
Author    [Polemic - Autographed] Chaim Lieberman
City    New York
Publisher    Chaim Lieberman
Publication Date    1939
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 36 pp. plus title wrappers, 228:143 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound as published.
Paragraph 1    Inscribed on title by Author.
   Attack on liberal Judaism, socialism and related causes by Chaim Lieberman (Herman; 1890–1963), Yiddish essayist and literary critic. Born in Kolki (Volhynia) he emigrated to the U.S. in 1905. His first articles, on education, appeared in the New York Yiddish daily Tageblatt. On the eve of World War I, he helped to found the Farband's Yiddish secular schools and the Jewish Teachers' Seminary affiliated with the Farband. He taught Yiddish and Yiddish literature and espoused Labor Zionism. Lieberman's critical articles on Jewish and non-Jewish writers, combining vast knowledge and enthusiastic, positive appraisals, were collected in three volumes (1923, 1924, 1930). In the 1930s Lieberman underwent a spiritual crisis, became extremely pious, and joined the religious Zionists. His former fervent championship of writers he liked gave way to sharp and cutting polemics against writers he disliked. He began with attacks on Jewish pro-communists, proceeded to assail Chaim Zhitlowsky and S. Niger, and reached a climax of vituperation in his articles and books against Sholem Asch's christological novels, which were translated into English as The Christianity of Sholem Asch (1953). There followed attacks upon Satmar Hasidim because of their anti-Israel approach, Der Rebe un der Sotn ("Rabbi and Satan," 1959); against the American Council of Judaism, published in English as Strangers to Glory (1955); and, finally, ten articles against Ben Hecht, published in English translation in book form (The Man and his "Perfidy," 1964).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica