Montreal of Yesterday: Jewish Life in Montreal 1900-1920

Israel Medres
With an introduction by J.I. Segal

Awards: WINNER 2001 CANADIAN JEWISH BOOK AWARDS Izzy and Betty Kirshenbaum Foundation Prize for Yiddish translation

WINNER 2001 CANADIAN JEWISH BOOK AWARDS Izzy and Betty Kirshenbaum FoundationPrize for Yiddish translation Montreal of Yesterday was originally published in Yiddish in 1947. It had earlier appeared in installments in the pages of the Keneder Adler - the Canadian Eagle - Montreal's legendary Yiddish-language newspaper. For the first time, this captivating classic on Jewish immigrant life in Montreal [1900-1920] is available in English. In the 54 short chapters of Montreal of Yesterday Medres writes with charm and gentle humour about immigrant life, class divisions, the first socialists, the first Jewish bookstore, Canadian life, the press, art and business, Yiddish vaudeville, politics and citizenship, Jewish soldiers, writers, the poor, and religious observance.

Véhicule Press
History 1998

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"Chock full of information and recounted unassumingly and with gentle humour . . . a rich and readable resource for anyone with an interest in the past, historian and general reader alike." -Elaine Kalman Naves, Montreal Gazette

"An excellent starting point if one wishes to pursue the study of the foundation of Montreal's Jewish community." -Norman Goldman,

"Wide-ranging and perceptive." -Canadian Jewish News

Israel Medres was a staff writer for the Keneder Adler for 25 years. His articles appeared in Yiddish papers the world over.

Other books by Israel Medres: Between the Wars: Canadian Jews in Transition
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