AMHERST, Massachusetts – The visiting exhibit The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side, an exhibition of early 20th-century postcards from the Blavatnik Archive Foundation, opened at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, Oct. 22. The exhibit will be at the Center’s Brechner Gallery through early spring 2018.
“The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to be able to work with the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Blavatnik Archive to host this unique exhibition revealing images of lost shtetls of Eastern Europe and the vanished world of New York’s Lower East Side,” says Susan Bronson, executive director of the Yiddish Book Center. “These places also represent a lost world of Yiddish, a world that the Yiddish Book Center preserves and seeks to regenerate.”
Printed in “the Golden Age of Postcards,” the postcards offer unique snapshots of how popular media at the time portrayed cultural identities and conceptions while also providing a record of vanished communities lost to time and war.
The Yiddish Book Center is located at 1021 West St., Amherst, Mass., and is open Sunday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit yiddishbookcenter.org.