Item #2794 Albatros. Miesiecznik poetycko-Artystyczny. / Albatros. Miesięcznik poetycko-Artystyczny. Red. lit.: Uri Cwi Grinberg. [In Yiddish:] Zshurnal far dem nayem dikhter- un kinstler-oysdruk. Redaktor: Uri Tsevi Grinberg. [. Uri Zvi Greenberg, Marek Szwarc, Henrik Berlewi.
Albatros. Miesiecznik poetycko-Artystyczny. / Albatros. Miesięcznik poetycko-Artystyczny. Red. lit.: Uri Cwi Grinberg. [In Yiddish:] Zshurnal far dem nayem dikhter- un kinstler-oysdruk. Redaktor: Uri Tsevi Grinberg. [
The Highlight of Yiddish Expressionism

Albatros. Miesiecznik poetycko-Artystyczny. / Albatros. Miesięcznik poetycko-Artystyczny. Red. lit.: Uri Cwi Grinberg. [In Yiddish:] Zshurnal far dem nayem dikhter- un kinstler-oysdruk. Redaktor: Uri Tsevi Grinberg. [

J. Apelbaum, 1922. One linoleum-cut by Marek Szwarc. First edition. In original paper. 19 p. In fine conditon. Very small foxing.

First issue of Albatros

Only three issues (one double) were published, the first two in Warsaw and the last one there.

“Albatros”, named after Baudelaire’s poem, is the most thoroughly Expressionist journal among the Yiddish avant-garde magazines (“Yung Yiddish”, “Ringen”, “Khalyastre”, “Di Vog”) that were published between 1919 and 1924, the golden period of the Yiddish avant-garde.

Uri Zvi Greenberg (Cvi Grinberg; 1896–1981) the editor, published poems in Hebrew and Yiddish from 1912 onward. His first book of poems in Yiddish “Mefisto" in 1921, and “Albatros” are considered the first appearance of Expressionism in the Yiddish avant-garde movement.

The first issue’s striking cover, a bird whose body incorporates the Hebrew letters of “albatross”, on wings that could be seen as the wavy surface of the ocean and chain of mountains, was created by Ze’ev Weintraub (Władysław; 1891–1942). This number is accompanied with a linoleum-cut by Marek Szwarc, and the pencil drawing on the rear cover. It includes three texts by Greenberg, a proclamation, an epic poem, and his manifesto to the opponents of the new poetry; Melekh Ravitch's manifesto “Zibn tezn fun der nayer, naketer dikhtung" (Seven theses for the new naked poetry); Ze’ev Weintraub’s study on art; Henrik Berlewi's essay on Viking Eggeling’s avant-garde films; and other works by Peretz Markish, Peretz Hirschbein (Perets Hirshbeyn) and Esther Shumaitcher.

Extremely scarce, we could not trace any copy of this original edition (only the 1978 reprint) in institutional holdings.

Bibl.: Winther, J.: Tradition and Revolution in Search for Roots: Uri Zvi Grinberg's Albatros. In: Nordisk Judaistic - Scandinavian Jewish Studies. Vol. 18, No. 1–2, pp. 130–158. (URL: http://www.judithwinther.dk/emner/niveau_3/articles/grinberg_2.html).

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