"One of the last great Yiddish writers, Chaim Grade produced a body of work of Faulknerian power in its depiction of place and the psychological and moral depths of his characters. The YIVO Institute is delighted to announce that it will now be the permanent home for the complete complex of his manuscripts, letters, books and other artifacts testifying to his remarkable and in many ways tragic literary life. YIVO looks forward to collaborating with The National Library of Israel to preserve and disseminate the work of this great Yiddish writer."
, YIVO Executive Director
, Director General of the National Library of
The joint acquisition of the Chaim Grade archive enhances the breadth of the comprehensive digital Yiddish library the National Library is creating and advances the strategy of the National Library of Israel to join forces with leading institutions in the realm of Judaica and Israeliana in opening digital access to our collections, and to allow maximum engagement with library treasures for our global community of users.
The YIVO Institute and the National Library of
express their thanks and appreciation to Commissioner
Bonnie Brooke Gould
, Public Administrator of
. As Administrator of the Estate of
, the Public Administrator, her investigators, staff and counsel spent hundreds of hours in the Grade apartment culling through a massive and uncatalogued assortment of books, correspondence, writings and memorabilia in efforts to make sure that this invaluable collection would not be lost for posterity.
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