DER FRAYND: OFITSLELER ORGAN FON ARBAYTER RING. THE FRIEND, OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE WORKMEN'S CIRCLE. VOL XL, NRS 1-8 [COMPLETE FOR 1949] דער פריינד
Passaic, N. J. : Arbayter Ring, 1949. Hardcover. Item #42212xt
1st edition. Original boards. 8vo. One issue 40- pages, the others 16 pages each [152 pages total], 27 cm. In Yiddish. Includes photos. A complete DP-era year run of Fraynd, founded in 1910, printed monthly, then, more or less, bimonthly. “Formed in 1900 by Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, The Workmen's Circle at first acted as a mutual aid society, helping its members to adapt to their new life in America. It provided life insurance, unemployment relief, healthcare, social interaction, burial assistance and general education through its branches throughout the US as well as through its national office. Soon, the organization was joined by more politically focused socialist Bundists who advocated the anti-assimilationist idea of Yiddish cultural autonomy, led by education in Yiddish and socialist ideals. The Circle formed the Folksbiene Yiddish theatre troupe and promoted Jewish arts and music, Yiddish school programs for children and Yiddish summer camps. It became influential in the American labor movement and grew to serve more than 84, 000 members through hundreds of branches around North America. It also became involved with the Yiddish newspaper The Forward and operated old-age homes, medical clinics and other services. Politically, the Circle moved away from socialism towards liberalism by the time of the New Deal” (Wikipedia, 2018) . SUBJECTS: Jews -- United States -- Periodicals. Fraternal organizations -- United States -- Periodicals.OCLC: 18490414. OCLC lists 18 holdings, but most are for partial runs starting. Bookplate. Very light damp to margins of first 2 issues, really just a bit wavy, no damage. Printed on heavy glossy paper which remains bright white. Beautiful original binding is gorgeous, Very Good Condition. (YID-43-40).