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A Published Letter to the Founders of the Yiddish Theatrical Museum of New York

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A Published Letter to the Founders of the Yiddish Theatrical Museum of New York


This letter is included in the only volume of documents Shatzky managed to publish under the rubric of the Yiddish Theatrical Museum. "Goldfaden Book" included a meticulously edited collection of documents associated with the theater's first days under the stewardship of Goldfaden. A review of his work from the Romanian press published in 1877, bits of Goldfaden's autobiography that were published in various Yiddish periodicals, rare by 1926, around the turn-of-the-century. Shatzky's keen knowledge of historical sources allowed him to pull together these documents, translate them to Yiddish when necessary. With them, he canonized Goldfaden as the central figure in the theater's development. The letter, written by Moyshe Teplitski, an actor who acted under Goldfaden's direction, reflects Shatsky's aspirations to shore up the prestige of Yiddish culture.


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“A Published Letter to the Founders of the Yiddish Theatrical Museum of New York ,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed February 29, 2024, https://ataleoftwomuseums.yivo.org/items/show/6631.
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