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Tradition and Its Discontents

Jewish History and Culture in Eastern Europe

An Online Exhibition from the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 2002-2003 Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania

Di Goldene Keyt.

In the forty-six years of its existence, Di Goldene Keyt maintained the extraordinarily high standard set by its first volume. This quarterly periodical essentially gave an extra lease of life of almost half a century to secular high Yiddish culture. Without exaggeration, it is one of the finest literary periodicals, in any language, in the twentieth-century. Yiddish modernist culture forged an especially close relationship with modern Jewish art. This relationship was fostered in Di Goldene Keyt, with many essays on Jewish artists and reproductions of their works. Marc Chagall, a close friend of Sutzkever, contributed numerous drawings, paintings and written pieces to Di Goldene Keyt. Thus the second volume of Di Goldene Keyt opens with a picture "Ha tiqvah" by Chagall, with a facsimile of Chagall's hand-written letter (in Yiddish) to the editor. Di Goldene Keyt of 1978 (Vols. 95-96) opens with a dedication by Chagall, with two drawings of his. The dedication reads:


Dear Friends,
Here is the pair of sketches for the new Goldene Keyt (dedicated) to the thirtieth anniversary of our land. I kiss you all.

Your devoted, Mark Chagall.

Chagall's drawing for Di Goldene Keyt of 1978

Chagall's illustration of  Y. L. Peretz's Der kishef makher

The best key to the riches this periodical offers is "Di Goldene Keyt: inhalt fun di numern 1-125", published in 1990. This bibliography provides an exhaustive guide to these volumes. The bibliography is divided into the rubrics: "Poems", "Prose", "Drama", Essays, Literary Researches, Reviews etcetera", "Letters", "Pictures".

Cover of the Bibliography

Index to volumes 1-125 (1949-1990).

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