Auction 93 Part 2 - Ancient Books, Chassidic and Kabbalistic Books, Manuscripts and Letters

Babylonian Talmud – Munich, 1948 – First Post-Holocaust Printing of the Talmud for War Survivors

Opening: $400
Sold for: $2,250
Including buyer's premium

Babylonian Talmud – set of nineteen volumes (without Tractate Nedarim). Munich-Heidelberg, 1948. "Published by the Union of Rabbis in the American Occupation Zone in Germany".
After WWII, the demand for Talmud and holy books by surviving Jews congregated in the DP camps exceeded the few copies that were available for the refugees. From 1946, the "Union of Rabbis" in Germany, with the assistance of the American army and the JDC began to print the Talmud for survivors. This is the first complete Talmud edition printed after the Holocaust.
Two title pages in each volume. The first title page was especially designed to commemorate the printing of the Talmud on the scorched soil of Germany – at the top is an illustration of a Jewish town; and at the bottom is an illustration of barbed wire fences and a labor camp.

19 volumes. Without Tractate Nedarim. 38.5-39.5 cm. Some volumes printed on dry paper. Overall good to good-fair condition. Stains. Creases to some title pages and to other leaves. Tears, repaired in part with paper. Stamps. Restored bindings, comprised of original bindings with new endpapers, and leather spines and additions.

Holocaust and She'erit Hapletah