Di Goldene Keyt (1949-1995)

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Di Goldene Keyt (1949-1995)

Di Goldene ḳeyṭ
Sketch by Marc Chagall
Volumes 95-96 (1978)
Di Goldene ḳeyṭ
Second of two sketches, titled "Ha Tiqvah," by Marc Chagall in the 1978 editions, and a facsimile of a letter to the editor written by the Chagall in Yiddish
Volumes 95-96 (1978)
Di Goldene Keyt: inhalt fun di numern 1-125
Title page of the index to Volumes 1 through 125
1990
An illustration by Marc Chagall

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:

1978

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.
Credit: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (More bibliographic information)
On left, an illustration by Marc Chagall; on right a handwritten note in Yiddish by Marc Chegall to his readers

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:

1978

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.
Credit: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (More bibliographic information)
Title page of the index to volumes 1 through 125 of Di Goldene Keyt

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".

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