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In the news release, The YIVO Institute and the National Library of Israel Jointly Acquire the Estate of the Late Yiddish Writer, Chaim Grade, issued
12-Feb-2013 by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the original last paragraph in the body of the press release was inadvertantly omitted. The new last paragraph has been inserted. The complete, corrected release follows:
The YIVO Institute and the National Library of Israel Jointly Acquire the Estate of the Late Yiddish Writer, Chaim Grade
Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For almost 90 years, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has been home to the largest and historically most important archive and library of Eastern European Jewish civilization in the world; including the single largest collection of Yiddish language materials. For more than 120 years, the National Library of
Israel has been collecting, preserving and making accessible one of the world's most significant collections of Hebraica and Judaica including the leading collection of Yiddish printed books, Yiddish newspapers, and Yiddish music. Today, Chaim Grade, one of the greatest Yiddish writers in America, joins the ranks of other legendary literary figures represented in the collections at the YIVO Institute and at the National Library of
The Public Administrator of
Bronx County, NY, has awarded the YIVO Institute and the National Library of
Israel successor rights to the estate of Chaim Grade, which includes his personal papers and library, literary manuscripts, and publication rights. In accordance with the terms of the agreement, the assets of the estate will be permanently housed at YIVO in
New York City. Materials will be shared and made available to the National Library of
Israel once its new building opens in
Jerusalem in 2017. In recognition of the importance of these materials and Grade's rich legacy, YIVO and the National Library of
Israel have agreed to digitize the entire archive and make it accessible for scholars globally.
Chaim Grade was born in 1910 in Vilna,
Poland. In his youth, Mr. Grade was a founding member of the Yung-Vilne literary group, known for its leftist politics, secular Jewish thinking and literary influence. After tragically losing both his mother and wife during the Holocaust, he emerged as one of the most prolific and defining Yiddish voices in post-war literature. The power and depth of his works is unparalleled. Besides publishing several volumes of poetry, he is best known for his two acclaimed novels "The Agunah" and "The Yeshiva."
Bringing Chaim Grade's archive of manuscripts, letters and other documents along with his 20,000 volume library to YIVO will enrich a collection already unique in its scope and commitment to preserve and perpetuate knowledge of Yiddish culture. Making this treasure trove available not only on the premises of the National Library of
Israel, already home to the archives of several leading Yiddish writers, but also on the Internet, will enrich the lives of lovers of Yiddish throughout the world.
The Chaim Grade archive and library are YIVO's most significant post-war literary acquisition.