This unique anthology translates for the first time a little-kwn body of Yiddish poetry by American Yiddish proletarian writers who identified with the American Left from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Dovid Katz explains how a McCarthy-era American Yiddish Political Correctness wrote these leftist poets out of the can. Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub correct this erasure, recovering the work of thirty poets. Proletpen introduces the reader to an untold chapter of America's tumultuous history during the pre- and interwar period, revealing the depth and power of Yiddish literature through the backdrop of twentieth-century world politics.
Amelia Glaser, formerly a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. David Weintraub is executive director of the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. The Center is in the forefront of revitalizing and reenergizing the Yiddish language, helping to reveal the rich Yiddish culture and language once so basic to Jewish life.