Accession MS COLL 00646 - Chava Rosenfarb Papers

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Chava Rosenfarb Papers


  • 1940-2004 (Creation)

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7 boxes (1 metre)

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Chava Rosenfarb (1923-2011) was a prominent Yiddish poet, author, playwright and a Holocaust survivor. Born in Lodz, Poland, Rosenfarb received a secular Yiddish and Polish education before being incarcerated in the Lodz ghetto where she received her high school diploma. She began writing poetry in the Ghetto and was recognized early for her talent. Having survived Auschwitz, the Sasel labour camp, and Bergen Belsen, the author emigrated to Canada in 1950 where she wrote prolifically until the end of her life. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Israel’s Manger Prize, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and two J.I Segal Awards.

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Gift of Goldie Morgentaler, 2012.

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Includes drafts and proofs of ‘Survivors’ (final proof 2004 and edited draft); Der Boym fun Lebn (The Tree of Life), including original holograph draft in notebooks, written in the 1940s; ‘The Song of Abram the Waiter’ Chava’s English translation from 1959-1960, as well as typescript in Yiddish titled ‘Dos lid Fun dem Yidishn Kelner Abram’ ; The Bird of the Ghetto English translation; ‘Simcha Bunim Shayevitch: the Poet of the Lodz Ghetto’ drafts; drafts of short stories in Yiddish; a DVD interview with Chava Rosenfarb and Goldie Morgentaler by Erica Pomerant, April 2004 for the Montreal Yiddish Project; correspondence and other material related to the life and work of writer and translator Chava Rosenfarb.

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  • English
  • Yiddish

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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