US Army Edition of the Gemarah

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    anonymous Jew
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    I just found out about this. In 1945, the DP camps holding survivors were often former Nazi camps and their conditions weren’t great. When President Truman found out, he ordered General Eisenhower to immediately upgrade both the accommodations and food of the survivors, which was done. However, a question remained as to how to reintroduce spirituality, especially learning. Problem was, there were no copies ( or certainly not nearly enough ) of the Gemara extant in Europe. What did the Army do? In 1948 they brought two sets of the Gemorah to Europe from NY. They then prepared engravings to be used for printing and then the Army commandeered a former Nazi printing plant in Heidelberg to print 500 complete sets for distribution. The only English is the dedication inside the front cover. It’s the only known case of a non Jewish government printing so many sets of the Gemorah. Rabbi Soliveitchik of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue own a set; I don’t know how many others still exist.

    #1801112

    Joseph
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    Old story.

    #1801128

    Very interesting!

    #1801129

    mlh
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    Under the direction of the vaad Hatzolah
    A number of basic seforim were printed after the war such as sedorim Chumash etc.
    Only a few mesechtos Gemara such as kedushim were printed for the do camps. Later they printed volumes of Shas but by the time they were available most survivors had left the do camps. I have a copy of kedushim printed by the army in 1946.

    #1801124

    asimpleyid
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    i happen to know a kollel in eretz yisroel that has a full set. says it was dedicated by the us army and has a picture of barbed wire on the bottom of the first page (not first daf, first page). interesting stuff

    #1801135

    Meno
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    Old story.

    Yeah. Why would anyone want to hear about something that Joseph already knows?

    #1801142

    akuperma
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    If there were only 500 printed, I suspect a complete set would be quite valuable (suggesting a yeshiva might be better selling it and using the money to further Torah education today).

    #1801169

    southerner
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    interesting. we’re a frum military family. we have army-issued sidurs but we’d never use them. they aren’t written by an orthodox publisher

    #1801177

    Joseph
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    Southerner: Did you used to post here about 10 years ago under another screen name and once had a Mishpacha article written about you?

    #1801193

    Benephraim
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    Do you have the shas that was printed by the אגודת הרבנים? It was printed around 1919 or so? The plates of the Romm shas were unfortunately used by the Nazis ימח שמם.

    #1802835

    asimpleyid
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    this kollel isnt particularly interested in money believe me lol

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