19 volumes. Folio. 1/500-1,000 (unknown). Original brown cloth boards with the title of each Masechet, or section, stamped in gilt on the spine and front cover. Illustrated titles depicting a Nazi concentration camp surrounded by barbed wire with palm trees, with the landscape of the Holy Land above, with the legend "From Bondage to Freedom, from Darkness to a Great Light." In Hebrew and Aramaic. Minor age wear including scratches, bumps and slight rubbing to some front and back boards as well as heads, tails and along hinges of spines. Light water stains along top and bottom edges of a few volumes. Some minor white paint stains to the spines of vols. 5 & 14, and back boards of vols. 16 & 18. Vol. 1 with moderate rubbing to hinges of spine. Vol. 13, hinges of spine badly rubbed. Vols. 6, 12, 13 & 14 and with vertical crease to title page and front free endpapers. Vol. 6 with rippling to the front free endpaper. Light sunning to some title pages. Bindings in overall good, interiors in very good condition. Scarce. The first Talmud published in Europe after WWII, produced under the aegis of the U.S. Army in Heidelberg. At the end of World War II, Jewish survivors and residents of the DP camps had few or no books. Consequently Rabbis Sneig and Rose, survivors of Dachau, took upon themselves the enormous task organizing the printing of a complete set of the Talmud. Many necessary resources, such as paper and ink, were in short supply and only the U.S. Military Government of Germany had the authority to requisition the funds and materials needed. Rabbis Sneig and Rose appealed to Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, the special Jewish Advisor to the U.S. Army in Germany, for government assistance. With the aid of Rabbi Bernstein and Rabbi Abraham Klausner, Rabbis Sneig and Rose, were able to obtain the needed resources and published the complete Talmud, which they dedicated to the U.S. Army. Printing took place at the Carl Winter Press in Heidelberg in 1948. It is unclear how many copies were produced, however it is believed that no more than 500-1,000 were printed before the paper supply ran out. This Talmud is quite scarce. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Survivor's Talmud
Publisher: Rabbinic Organization in the American Sector / American Military Command / American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Germany
Publication Date: 1948
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