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Translating and Transforming Her Father’s Yiddish Book

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

First published as a book in Yiddish in 1938, A Minyen Yidn (un Andere Zakhn) (A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff) is a collection of short and irreverent stories by Max B. Perlson focused on his childhood shtetl, Duboy, Belarus, and on Brooklyn, NY, in the early 20th century. Until recently, Perlson’s daughter, Trina Robbins, thought the book was lost. 

But Robbins’ daughter Casey found a reprint online, and discovered that a Brooklyn Jewish library owned two original copies. Robbins acquired a copy and had it translated. She decided that the stories that had horrified her father’s friends would work in comic form. So Hershl Hartman’s translation was given a new, modern format featuring illustration by 15 artists selected by Robbins. In her presentation, Robbins will talk about her father and the re-creation of his greatest work.

In 1970, Eisner Award-winner Trina Robbins produced the first all-woman comic book, It Ain't Me, Babe. She was a founding mother of Wimmin's Comix, the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book, co-wrote (with catherine yronwood) Women and the Comics, the first of a series of histories of women cartoonists. Robbins was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Wizard World Hall of Legends in 2017.

Program made possible, in part, by Larry Burgheimer.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and KlezCalifornia.

Later Event: November 5
Genealogy Clinic