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Lot #    14245
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:32:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Der Apikoros
Title (Hebrew)    דער אפיקורס
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] B. Fenster, ed.
City    New York
Publisher    Bureau Verlag Communist Party
Publication Date    1931
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 31 pp., illus. 305:236 mm., creased on fold, light age staining. A good copy bound in the original paper wrappers.
   An Apikoros (a heretic) is one who does not believe in the basic tenets of the Jewish religion, and this is a collection of anti-religion articles, edited by Baruch Fenster. Page 4 has a masthead of sorts, which gives a fuller title to this publication. It is: דער אפיקוירעס: אן אינסטרומענט געגן רעליגיע, אויפקלערונג הומאר סאטירע‫

Der Apikoros – an instrument against religion: a compilation of humor, satire. The Jewish Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party put out this publication.

There are cartoons, including one featuring Hitler in a bed decorated with swastikas, being brought a glass of orange juice in a Yahrzeit glass. The front cover illustration shows a person swinging an eagle [with a Jewish star on one wing, and a swastika on the other] as if it were the chicken used for the Kapporah ceremony before Yom Kippur. The back cover has a large [rich] overweight man pulling a religious Jew by the straps of his tefillin. The text reads - He who helps the poor, save us. [Not so subtly showing how the poor are exploited].

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica