AUCTION 48 | Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art Featuring an Exceptional Collection of American Judaica

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Lot 118


(Talmud, Babylonian). The She'eirith Hapleitah Shas. A Complete set, in nineteen volumes. Additional illustrated title-page depicting Nazi concentration camp with the landscape of the Holy Land above and featuring the legend: “From Bondage to Freedom, from Darkness to a Great Light.” Ex-library. Some staining. Original boards. Folio

Munich-Heidelberg, American Quarter, Germany: Druckerei Carl Winter, Under Supervision of Procurement Division, United States Army 1948

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
A Complete Set of the Historic She'eirith Hapleitah Shas. This edition of the Talmud was published, with Herculean efforts, by the American Military Command together with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Germany, soon after the Liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny. It was dedicated to the United States Army “[who] played a major role in the rescue of the Jewish people from total annihilation.” See A.J. Karp, Library of Congress Catalogue pp. 52-5 (illustrated) for details of this monumental publishing feat, produced under extraordinary historic circumstances.