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Snieg, Samuel Abba; Samuel Jacob Rose (eds.), First Individual Tractates of the Talmud Printed in Europe After the Holocaust. Tractate Keddushin [with] Tractate Nedarim, 2 vols., first edition (St. Ottilien: Rabbinical Representative by Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the American Occupied Zone [sic], 1946). Elephant folios.
Known as the “Survivors’ Talmud” or “US Army Talmud,” this Talmud was distributed to Holocaust survivors in the US Occupied Zone in Germany. The title pages, illustrated in yellow and black, depict both the suffering and the hope for redemption of the Jewish people. The bottom shows life in the concentration camp and the top shows the yearning for a new Jerusalem. The images are attributed to the artist Grisha Ronsenkanz, who was active in the Displaces Persons camps, and later emigrated to Miami, where he taught both Hebrew and Jewish studies.