AUCTION 32 | Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Autographed Letters, Manuscripts, Graphics and Ceremonial Art

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Lot 165


Rosenblatt, Cantor Josef (Yossele) (1882-1933). El Maleh Rachamim - For Victims of the Titanic. Tenor with organ in Hebrew. 78 RPM record. Victor, black seal, 35312-B. Here, handsomely framed opposite 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph of the Cantor. * WITH: Churban Titanik oder Der Nasser Kever / The Titanic’s Disaster (New York: Hebrew Publishing Co., 1912). Sheet music. Solomon Small (Smulewitz), Lyrics and H.A. Russotto, Piano arrangement.

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
An Early, and Historic, American Recording of Yossele The son of the immortal cantor, Dr. Samuel Rosenblatt relates that his mother was so stunned by the news of the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912 - in which 1503 of the 2200 pasengers aboard lost their lives - that she attempted to persuade her husband to cancel his forthcoming trip to America. Nonetheless, lured by the offer of the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek of New York to serve as their cantor, the singer arrived in New York on May 26th, 1912, and there he remained. See S. Rosenblatt, Yossele Rosenblatt (1954), pp. 90-93, also p. 369 (discography)