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Butterside Down, 1936

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Butterside Down, 1936


One Little Kid (Khad Gadyo), 1922


Butterside Down was a play written and mounted in 1936 by the experimental Yiddish puppet theater called Khad Gadyo (founded in 1922). Moyshe Broderzon wrote the macaronic script (of Polish, Yiddish, and Hebrew) and the artist Yitskhok Broiner created the set and marionettes including marionettes of Hitler, Albert Einstein, and Zev Jabotinsky. The content of the play was political commentary and it was mounted on the Eve of Purim as a modern-day purim shpil. 

This photo is one of a number of images and reviews that someone had glued into a scrapbook that includes the complete manuscript of the play.


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