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Jerusalem - Israel’s National Library Acquires Largest Known Collection of Israeli Pashkvillim

Published on: May 17, 2011 02:44 PM
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FILE - Yoelish Krauss, the operations chief for the Eda Haredit at his office. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90Jerusalem - While Yoelish Kraus is known worldwide as director of operations for Israel’s ultra right wing Eida Charedis, he is also a renowned collector of pashkvilim, the ubiquitous posters that paper the streets of Jerusalem.  In the ultimate irony, Kraus has donated his collection of pashkvillim to the Israel Antiques Authority, headed by Shuki Dorfman, both of whom were roundly criticized in many of the pashkvillim.

Israeli Hebrew news site Kikar is reporting, that Dorfman had made an unsuccessful attempt to acquire the collection for the National Library of Jerusalem three years ago, but it wasn’t until eight months ago that Kraus decided that he was ready to part with his collection.  The collection will be transferred to a special section of the National Library in addition to being scanned into the library’s computers.

In recent years, Kraus managed to acquire every sign that came out and many Meah Shearim residents would come to view the pashkevillim.  Kraus’ collection, which is valued at $120,000, dates back over 80 years and contains thousands of posters and other singular items, providing a rare glimpse into Israeli life. Among the collection are pashkvillim regarding the conflict between Belz and the Eida Chareidis and a bus card that was used approximately forty years ago by the Satmar Rebbe, zt’l. 

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 May 17, 2011 at 03:07 PM 1stAdmendment Says:

Well I hope he can make some money over it! You gotta admit he's interesting!

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 May 17, 2011 at 04:02 PM Velvel Says:

Everyone needs a hobby.

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 May 17, 2011 at 04:46 PM oiber-chacham Says:

this is what these ignorant savages are busy with,instead of going to work and make a living

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 May 17, 2011 at 05:04 PM jewishtaliban Says:

Deep dark psyco
A bunch of leeche's

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 May 17, 2011 at 05:42 PM jay Says:

Reply to #3 now he will make his living.

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 May 17, 2011 at 06:11 PM Anonymous Says:

This stuff is cluttering the streets, making a desecration of the walls and streets of yerushalayim and contributing to visual pollution. Much of it also ends up being mixed with real shaimos at shuls and kollels. It should be in a landfill, not in anyone's collection.

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 May 17, 2011 at 07:00 PM greatsouthbay Says:

Kind of like illustrating American history by using New York Times advertisements. Clearly interesting; utterly one-sided.

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 May 17, 2011 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Come on , lighten up! Just because he looks like a shluchy chusid, you must bash? What did he do wrong now?

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 May 17, 2011 at 07:35 PM scientist Says:

This paskevilin is 100% pure loson hora and the National Library should be sued to destroy them.

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 May 17, 2011 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Imuch of it will present an interesting snapshot from a unique point of view, the ultra chareidim: a point of view that seldom is recorded by historians and Cademics I'm a genuine way m

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 May 17, 2011 at 09:51 PM trocht_teef Says:

Reply to #4  
jewishtaliban Says:

Deep dark psyco
A bunch of leeche's

I guess there is nothing else the director of Eide Chariedis could do since their business is going slow lately due to their scandals.

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 May 17, 2011 at 11:34 PM realistic Says:

Reply to #11  
trocht_teef Says:

I guess there is nothing else the director of Eide Chariedis could do since their business is going slow lately due to their scandals.

He's meerly a volunteer to organize events led by the eida

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 May 18, 2011 at 07:44 AM StevenWright Says:

The Satmar Rav zt"l did not use a bus card 40 years ago. Maybe in the late 40's when he was there.

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 May 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM GG_Jew Says:

The tzetlech I understand... but why did he chup the bus stop sign (top left of pic)?!!

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 May 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM Reb Yid Says:

What should we infer from the fact that he's sitting on one of the posters?

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 May 18, 2011 at 02:39 PM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Reply to #3  
oiber-chacham Says:

this is what these ignorant savages are busy with,instead of going to work and make a living

ignorant savages? a little harsh my friend. veahavta rayecha...

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