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He was a member of the Folks Ligue (Society to Help the Soviet Union) founded in 1942.

He had relations with various politicians among whom was Lombardo Toledano. He edited the Fraiwelt (Free World) Magazine and was secretary of Politics magazine.

He participated in a work of three volumes called Mexico in Peace and worked for the position of Mexico in the matter of peace.

Boris Rosen was a very important intellectual in Mexican society as a researcher of liberalism in the 19th century.


We believe the books that were edited in the USSR or in Poland after the Second World War and that are part of this Fonds are extremely important because they are unique in Mexico, since few Jews had any interest in getting them because of their distaste towards the politics of the USSR.  

In 1946 there were pogroms in Poland against the few Jews who survived the Holocaust. In 1948, when the State of Israel was created, most of the 80 thousand survivors managed to get to Israel and served as narrators of the meaning of living in Poland. On the other hand, Jews living in Mexico were increasingly disappointed with Stalin’s policy, considering him an infamous leftist dictator. The books published in the USSR and its satellite countries were controlled by censors about their contents so as to benefit the image of the state it desired to present to the world. The Yiddish in which they are written is Soviet Yiddish that by government order could include no word written in Hebrew.

The most important are the following:

The book Dos Shtetl (The Village) by Zinovi Tolkatshov was printed in 1946 by the Dos Naye Lebn (New Life) press in Warsaw and Lodz.

The contents of this book are scenes inspired in the writer Shalom Aleichem’s characters. In fact, the twenty paintings in this book were painted before the Second World War. What is important in this case is that they were painted anew by the Jewish-Soviet painter Tolkatshov, who apparently confronted the work already done with the national catastrophe. The painter was one of those who marched with the Red Army, so he was obviously an artist identified with the Soviet State.  

According to M. Mirski “Dos Shtetl by Tolkatshov is the first important artistic attention call to our national catastrophe”.

This book was a gift from the great poet Wainper to Boris Rosen. Unique sample in Mexico.

The book Baricht fun land tsuzamenfor fun der Idisher Kultur Guezelshaft in Poiln (Report of the National Meeting of the Jewish Cultural Society in Poland) that took place in Bratslav in October 14-16, 1949, printed in Warsaw by the Yiddish Buch Editorial.

A report said that 300 delegates and representatives of the previously mentioned institution arrived. There were cultural commissions from cooperatives and factories, social institutions and cultural activists, artists, writers, etc. Representatives from various countries such as Rumania, the United States, Canada, etc. were present. Leo Katz went from Mexico; he devoted himself to criticizing anti-Semitism in capitalist countries.

At the conclusion of this activity, the representative of the Jewish Central Committee in Poland, Mr. Stoller said: “The Leninist-Stalinist idea will lead us to victory”. Unique sample in Mexico.

The Boris Rosen Library includes a collection of the Sovetish Heimland (Soviet Fatherland) magazine, organ of the Writers Council of the Soviet Union, written in Yiddish and edited by Sovetsky Pisatel in Moscow. The first number appeared in July-August of 1961. An article titled Di Lichtike Tzukunft fun der Mentchhait (The Luminous Future of Humanity), taken from the programmed project of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union that promotes the construction of communist society as an important and basic project of the Soviet people, introduced the first number.

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