Berlin: Kulturbund Deutscher Juden Berlin, (1934). Original issue, limited to 10,000 copies. Softcover. Ex-library copy. 8vo. 120pp. Original laminated printed wraps rebacked with black binders tape. Library stamp of the Leo Baeck Institute on inside of front and rear board and on verso of title-page. The "Jüdische Kulturbund" was a cultural organization of German Jews which was established in 1933. Its members included musicians, actors and other artist's that were fired from German institutions after the the National Socialists came to power. The organization was originally named "Kulturbund Deutscher Juden" but in April 1935, the Nazi authorities forced the organization to delete the term "Deutscher" (German) from its name. On September 11, 1941 the Gestapo ordered the closure of the Kulturbund except its publishing department, which was taken over by the "Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland." This issue contains a one page article by Leo Baeck, titled "Sprache" as well as contributions by Max Osborn, Kurt Singer, Ernst Lissauer, Arthur Eloesser, Leslie Sachs, Alfred Wolfenstein, Kurt Pinthus, Anneliese Landau, Werner Levie, Egon Jacobsohn, and others. Profusely illustrated with b/w reproductions of photographs (many in photomontage) showing the Berliner Theater, small portraits of Jewish personalities such as Jessner, Kann, Brandt, Klein-Weismann, Petruschka, Jacobi, Hertner, Lenart, Eljaschoff, Zander, Raden, A. Landau, Rosovsky, Rosenstock, M. Osborn, J. Bab and many others. Other pictures depict the synagogue at the Oranienburger Strasse, the Kulturbund choir and orchestra, theatre set designs for Nathan der Weise, Figaros Hochzeit, Die neugierigen Frauen, Hoffmanns Erzählungen, Was Ihr wollt, Sonkin und der Haupttreffer, Fidelio, Jeremias, La Serva Padrona, Esther, Die kleine Nachtmusik, photographic reproductions of art work by Michelangelo, Marquard Treu, Joh. Nikolaus Treu, Joseph Dorn, and others. Photographs by Herbert Sonnenfeld, Hans Sondheimer, Arno Kikoler, Gertrud Ochs, Abraham Pisarek, and Chateau-Anse-Czymanski. 14-page advertisement section of many Berlin Jewish businesses in rear. Text in German.
Age wear, creasing and staining on wraps. Closed tears and chipping on edges of first two leaves. Title-page along gutter repaired with brown tape. Age toning to pages. Wraps in fair, interior in overall good condition. Important historical document giving an invaluable insight into Jewish culture during the first two years of the National Socialist regime. fair. Item #33888