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Lot #    34754
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:30:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mishnei'ot , Seder Zeraim
Title (Hebrew)    משניות סדר זרעים
Author    [Holocaust]
City    Shanghai, China
Publisher    Arye Helberg, Spring Valley, NY
Publication Date    1946
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   260:188 mm., 4°, wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, no spine.
Paragraph 1    Paste down on front panel thanks Arye Helberg, Spring Valley, NY for financing the printing of this volume - no more printed.
   printed for the use of the Holocaust refugees in Shanghai. From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted over 30,000 Jewish refugees coming from war torn Europe. The city contained 25,000 Jewish refugees when the Pacific War erupted in the latter part of 1941. In July 1942, Colonel Josef Meisinger of the Gestapo arrived in Shanghai and put forth the “Final Solution in Shanghai” to Japanese authorities. Although the plan was not put into effect due to various reasons, the Japanese proclaimed “The Designated Area for Stateless Refugees”, ordering all Jews who had arrived since 1937 to move into the area within a month. The Jews remained within the confined area in a perilous position for nearly four years, threatened by execution. In the above ghetto the world famous Yeshivas Mir flourished with many students studying torah for long hours. In their haste to escape the European mayhem all books were left behind, necessitating the printing of the current lot.

Shanghai Imprints - Apart from J.J. Sulaiman's Kunteres Seder ha-Dorot (1921), the main period of Hebrew printing in Shanghai was during World War II and immediately after (1940–46), when remnants of Lithuanian yeshivot (Mir, Slobodka), as well as Lubavitch Hasidim, found refuge in Shanghai and printed – mostly photostatically – rabbinic, ethical, and hasidic works in limited editions for their own use. To the 80 items enumerated by Z. Harkavy (in Ha-Sefer, no. 9, 1961, 52–3; Hashlamot le-Mafte'ah ha-Maftehot (by S. Shunami, 1966), 3–4) have to be added – at least – the above work by J.J. Sulaiman and S. Elberg's Akedat Treblinka (Yid., 1946). Hebrew newspapers were printed in Shanghai as early as 1904.

Paragraph 2    עם אחת וחמשים הוספות... יצא לאור ע"י תלמידי ישיבת מיר... (חלק [א]-ב).

דפוס-צילום של משניות, ווילנא תרפ"ט-תרצ"ב. "חדושי מהרי"ח" לחלק א נדפסו גם כאן פעמיים. גם בחלק ב נדפסו "חדושי מהרי"ח" פעמיים פעם על הגליון ופעם בסוף החלק. דפוס-צילום של ווילנא תרס"ח-תר"ע, מהדורה ראשונה.

[חלק א]: ברכות-שביעית. [5], IV; 32; 366; 26 [צ"ל:28]; 24; [2], 44; 18 עמ'. חלק ב: תרומות-בכורים. 276, [2], 10; 32; ,8 [3], 26-10, [1], 56-50, 2, [2], 4 עמ'.

   CD-EPI 0150886
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    China
Other:    Holocaust
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica