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Talmud Bavli - Tractate Eiruvin, Rosh Hashanah, Heidelberg 1948

תלמוד בבלי, מסכת עירובין, ראש השנה - Holocaust - Limited Edition

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  • Lot Number 53497
  • Title (English) almud Bavli - Tractate Eiruvin, Rosh Hashanah
  • Title (Hebrew) תלמוד בבלי, מסכת עירובין, ראש השנה
  • City Heidelberg
  • Publisher U. S. Army
  • Publication Date 1948
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2405660
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Physical Description

Tall folio, 370:250 mm., wide margins, age staining, some leaves with loss, bound in later boards, rubbed.

Limited Edition of 100


Detail Description

In 1948 the U. S. Army in Germany issued a full-sized edition of the Talmud in Hebrew from Munich and Heidelberg in 19 folio volumes, printed photo-offset from the standard Vilna edition of the Talmud. This became known as the "Survivors' Talmud." The title page depicted an idyllic Land of Israel above an image of barbed wire surrounding a work camp. Only 100 sets were printed.

The project was the result of an agreement signed in September 1946 by commander in chief, U.S. Occupying Forces in Germany, General Joseph T. McNarney, and the Joint Distribution Committee. The edition took longer than expected to produce because of the shortage of paper and the difficulty of finding a complete set of the Talmud in Germany after the Holocaust. Before the set could be printed two sets of the Talmud had to be send from the U.S. The edition was printed at the Carl Winter Printing Plant in Heidelberg, which had previously printed Nazi propaganda. This is the sole instance of a national government publishing the Talmud.