Item 118102. BARIKADN IN VEDING: A ROMAN FUN EYNER A GAS IN DI BERLINER MAY-TEG 1929
Item 118102. BARIKADN IN VEDING: A ROMAN FUN EYNER A GAS IN DI BERLINER MAY-TEG 1929
Item 118102. BARIKADN IN VEDING: A ROMAN FUN EYNER A GAS IN DI BERLINER MAY-TEG 1929

BARIKADN IN VEDING: A ROMAN FUN EYNER A GAS IN DI BERLINER MAY-TEG 1929 באריקאדנ אינ וועדינג : א ראמנאנ פונ איינער א גאס אינ די בערלינר מיי־טעג 1929

Moskve [Moscow]: Emes, 1931. Hardcover. Item #41958

1st Yiddish edition, Period boards with original modernist paper wrappers mounted front and rear, 12mo, [192] pages. 18cm. In Yiddish. Title translates as, “Barricades in Wedding [Berlin]: A Novel of a Lane during Berlin May-Day 1929.” Yiddish translation of Neukrantz’s “Barrikaden am Wedding. Yivo included the 2nd edition (1933) in their “Yiddish children's literature from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,” Nr 651.” One modern publisher re-issuing the German original notes, “With the appearance of the Babylon Berlin series [shown in the US on Netflix], interest not only in Berlin itself, but in 1929 as a whole increased significantly. The series takes place at the time of the events of ‘Blood May’, which plays a role again and again in the course of the story. The film reappraisal of the days around May 1st from the point of view of the Berlin police and indicates how planned the violent action against the workers was. The book ‘Barrikaden am Wedding,’ published in 1931, describes the events from the heart of ‘Red Wedding’ [a famously left-wing workers’ neighborhood in Berlin] and from the point of view of the fighting workers. In this factual novel, the heroic resistance against the angry police troops is described ruthlessly. They attacked the demonstrations of the workers with massive violence, who did not want to bow to the ban on parades issued by the SPD on the international working class holiday. The result of this civil war against the city's poorest were 33 dead, thousands injured and a wave of solidarity strikes that swept the entire Weimar Republic” (Weltbild.de). Part of the series, “Bibliotek Proletarishe Shrayber.” Interestingly, the book, obviously published in the Soviet Union, is overstamped faintly (in English), “Printed in Poland” on the cover, probably an attempt to get past postal inspectors and to make import into North America easier. SUBJECT(S): Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1918-1945 -- Fiction. (Allemagne) -- Histoire -- 1918-1945 -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. OCLC: 928443114. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (UCLA, NLI); Harvard (alone) lists a 1929 edition with 191 pages (same as the last numbered page in our 1931 edition), but this is clearly an error since the original German did not come out until 1931, so we assume the 1929 date is a migration error in their record from the title field. Loss of a few words on final page from binding paste, Jewish library stamps on blank endpapers, title page, and bottom margin of final page. Bottom trimmed too close with loss to bottom line on 2 leaves (still legible) and just touching text on a third, and loss to Publisher’s name on title page; many page numbers, in the lower margin, are also lost. Cover has also been trimmed too close at the outer margin, with loss of 2 letters of title. But still an attractive modernist cover. Good condition thus, an attractive 1st edition of this rare Yiddish translation of a classic proletarian work in appropriately modernist covers. (YID-36-4).

Price: $600.00

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