The output of the Yiddish press in Montreal, starting in 1907, sheds a bright light on the mass migration of East European Jews to the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the ten years following the appearance of the first Yiddish paper, Der Keneder Odler (The Canadian Eagle), Montreal Jews developed a dense network of religious, cultural and benevolent institutions. The number of Yiddish speakers was at that time increasing very rapidly in certain neighbourhoods in the city, and for the first time one could speak of a visible Jewish community. These selections from the early Montreal Yiddish press offer a rare glimpse of the forces at play in the community during its formative period. They also convey the intense emotions that the Jewish newcomers grappled with. In the Keneder Odler, Yiddish-speaking immigrants reflected on their situation, made plans for the future and even laughed at themselves in a unique humourous vein. The Montreal Yiddish press at the time also contained exceptional descriptions of important strikes in the garment business, Yiddish theatre at the Monument National, and even French Canada as seen through Jewish eyes.
Illustrated with archival photographs.
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Author Biography - Pierre Anctil
Pierre Anctil has translated from Yiddish into French the memoirs of Israel Medres, Simon Belkin, and Hirsch Wolofsky. He is currently president of the Institut qu+b+cois d'+tudes sur la culture juive and associate professor at the history department of the Universite du Quebec Montreal David Rome was a Canadian historian and the director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library and was part of the Canadian Jewish Congress as the archivist and later historian of the organization. He was officially honoured on several occasions, recieving CJCas H.M. Caiserman Award and being invested as a Knight in the Order of Quebec in 1987. In addition, he is also the co#8211;author of Les Juifs du QuA(c)bec, bibliographie r#233;trospective annot#233;e (1979) and The Stones that Speak/Les pierres qui parlents (1992).