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“Jewish Nursery”. Museification of Religion for Upbringing of the Nation

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Author

Alexander Lvov.

Collection

Museum of Petersburg, Jewish Historical-Ethnographic Society

Imprint

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005. Booklet, 34 pp., illustrations: 40 b&w, 22.5 × 24 cm. English.

Location

Photo-archive of An-sky’s expeditions. Photographs of S. Yudovin. [vol.] III

Description

European University at St. Petersburg, “Petersburg Judaica” Center (20 October–20 December 2005)

Description

Yudovin’s photographs of Eastern European Jewish children. The images were taken on Yudovin’s first ethnographic expedition with An-sky (1912), who used them to promote his vision of a “Jewish nursery”—an institution that would bring the best of shtetl child-rearing to the Jewish intelligentsia. Ceremonial objects and Torah ornaments featured in two photographs: one of synagogue silver (no. 21), the other from an exhibition of ritual objects collected by An-sky during his expeditions (no. 22). Photographs with brief captions. 27 items.

Description

This was the third in a series of exhibitions that endeavored to show, through archival photographs from the Museum of Petersburg Jewish Historical-Ethnographic Society (kept in the archives of the “Petersburg Judaica” Center), the world of the shtetl on the eve of its destruction. For the other 3 exhibitions in this series, see: #1850, #1851, and #1913.

main keywords

AN-SKY (SHLOYME RAPOPORT)CEREMONIAL OBJECTSEASTERN EUROPEPHOTOGRAPHSSHTETLSYUDOVIN, SOLOMONTORAH ORNAMENTS

minor keywords

BesamimCandlesticks/CandelabraHand-washing vesselsHanukkah lampsHistorical photographsJudaica exhibitions, pre-World War II (photographs of)Keter TorahKiddush cupsRussia/Soviet UnionTassTombstones, cutters/engraversUkraine

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