AUCTION 69 | Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Holy Land Maps and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 96


(Talmud, Babylonian). The She’eirith Hapleitah Shas. A complete set of 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. Original boards, minimal wear. Folio.

Munich-Heidelberg, American Quarter, Germany: Druckerel Carl Winter, under supervision of Procurement Division, United States Army 1948

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
<<A Complete Set of the Historic She’eirith Hapleitah Talmud. A monumental publishing feat, produced under extraordinary historic circumstances.>> This edition of the Talmud was published, with herculean efforts, by the American Military Command, along with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Germany, soon after the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny. The introduction of the Talmud carries a dedication to the United States Army “[who] played a major role in the rescue of the Jewish people from total annihilation.” “In 1946 we turned to the American Army Commander to assist us in the publication of the Talmud. In all the years of exile it has often happened that various governments and forces have burned Jewish books. Never did any publish them for us. This is the first time in Jewish history that a government has helped in the publication of the Talmud, which is the source of our being and the length of our days. The Army of the United States saved us from death, protects us in this land, and through their aid does the Talmud appear again in Germany.” (English introduction). See Gerd Korman, The Survivors’ Talmud and the U.S. Army in: AJHSP, American Jewish History, Vol. 73 (1984) pp. 252-85.