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Lot #    29012
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:43:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tsu di Afrikaner Idisher massen
Title (Hebrew)    צו די אפריקאנער אידישע מאסן
Author    [Polemic] African Geserd
City    Cape Town
Publisher    Alpha Press
Publication Date    1933
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Single sheet 265:210 mm., light age staining, some creasing.
   A polemic in Yiddish by the CapeTown branch of the African Geserd against Zionism and in favor of settling Jews in Biro-bidjan. It begins by saying that the latest wound caused by two Zionist doctors has not yet healed ...and a Freinkele and a double swindel about 200 Russian permits ... It ends with "long live the Jewish socialist republic in Biro-bijan" , and "long live the African Geserd."

In 1932 an organization called the Afrikaner Geserd (Society for Settling Jewish Workers on the Land in the USSR) issued from the activities of the Russian Colonization Fund. The Geserd declared its aim to be "to render effective material and moral support toward Jewish socialist reconstruction in the Soviety Union and particularly in Biro-bidjhan." It issued a printed monthly organ in Yiddish and English called Geserdword which also sought "strenuouly to combat Zionism in all its manifestations", and "to shake off the harmful and illusory dream of establishing a 'National Home' in Palestine through an alliance with British imperialism." "By the time of its first National Convention in January, 1933, it boasted 1200 active members and many sympathizers all over the country. The importance of the Gezerd lies in the fact that it represented an alternative to Zionism as the dominant philosophy of the Jews of South Africa."


Jewries at the frontier: accommodation, identity, conflict By Sander L. Gilman, Milton Shain p. 144.

Adler, Taffy. Lithuania's Disapora: the Johannesburg Jewish Workers' Club, 1929-1948

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    South Africa
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
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