Radical Visions: Graphic Satire in the Yiddish Press, 1894-1939

Website that accompanied the exhibition at the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary december 16, 2004 – march 11, 2005.

From the website:

"Radical Visions: Graphic Satire in the Yiddish Press, 1894-1939 approaches the Jewish experience during the era between the late nineteenth century and the beginning of World War II through an unconventional lens — the Yiddish-language cartoon. Popular memory often imagines the Yiddish culture of this period to be steeped in the folkloric atmosphere of the shtetl. In actuality, this Yiddish literary and artistic heritage was more closely related to the innovations of modernity. As millions of Yiddish-speaking Jews, in both Eastern Europe and America, migrated to big cities, they developed an urban consciousness and were often immersed in radical political philosophies. This geographical and ideological shift set the stage for the emergence of a Yiddish press that reached readers of all economic and social strata in unprecedented numbers. With an extensive readership that supported as many as five daily newspapers in major cities like Warsaw and New York, Yiddish periodicals helped modernize Eastern European Jewry and its immigrant offspring."