MODERN JEWISH HISTORY

PERETZ MARKISH EPHEMERA COLLECTION


409 ITEMS  |  35% DIGITIZED  |  35% CATALOGED

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DESCRIPTION

Peretz Markish’s personal archive is comprised of photographs, state-issued documents, letters, books, articles, and personal objects.

DATES

1910s–1990s

PROVENANCE

The collection was donated to the Blavatnik Archive in 2015 by Peretz Markish’s son, David Markish, an award-winning Russian author who resides in Israel. Some photographs have never been published, while others exist in multiple copies held by multiple archives and publishers. The majority of the documents are originals.

DETAILS

Documents related to Markish’s arrest and rehabilitation and his family’s exile; invitations and brochures for events commemorating Markish’s life and work; Markish’s handwritten notebook (Russian, unpublished); newspaper articles and magazine cutouts about Markish; drawings and posters; letters and postcards

Photographs: portraits; group photographs with fellow writers and poets; group photographs with members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee

Objects: Markish’s cigarette case, handkerchief, tie, siddur, tefillin

Books: first prints and others

BIOGRAPHY

Peretz Markish was born on November 25, 1895, in Polonne, modern western Ukraine, and went on to become one of the most well-known and widely translated Yiddish writers of Eastern Europe. His life and work reflect many complex and frequently overlapping Jewish and Soviet themes that influenced the evolution of his personal identity. Moreover, the very language of his art, Yiddish, connotes a unique history of geography, people, and culture, and poses a challenge for meaningful interpretation.