In the article dedicated to the reader it says: “We place the first number of Sovetish Heimland in your hands. Here you will feel the breath of our time, you may receive greetings from literary life and listen to the voice of Soviet national literature. Because we are part of that literature, we think just as you do, that our magazine will proudly carry the name that is inscribed in the cover”.
The collection holds magazines that go from 1961 to 1991, thus becoming the most complete collection in Mexico. In the magazine edited in October of 1981, the photographs made by Itzik Fefer and Sh. Michoels in 1943 in which they appear with then ambassador of the USSR in Mexico, Constantin Umansky, were published. They are considered rare archival photographs. Michoels and Fefer were murdered by Stalin’s order.
b) ALICIA AND ISAAC BACKAL LIBRARY
This collection deals with very varied aspects such as life in the Mexican Jewish Community, Jews in the world, Mexican history, education in Mexico, history of the United States, Jewish religion and mysticism, and others.
Among the most important of that collection is the Polish Black Book, edited in that country in 1941, as well as the books by Marte R. Gómez, written during the 30s.
c) BERTHA MOSS LIBRARY
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she studied drama in the Nacional Conservatory of her native city.
Her work in Argentinean theater was outstanding. Her restlessness found an opening in Argentinean movies and television. She worked side by side with the most renowned actors of her country and Mexico. The actress Dolores del Río invited her to come to Mexico. Her first role in our country was in 1959 in the play “Quite a Lady”. She was a tireless theater actress, notably in “Fiddler on the Roof”.
Her library includes books of art, theater and Judaism.
d) JOSÉ AND EVA GOJMAN LIBRARY
Eva G. de Gojman was born in Minsk, Russia in 1921. She arrived in Mexico in 1928. Later she became a tireless activist of the WIZO organization (1940); she was president of the Yardenia group during 18 years and through her constant participation in WIZO’s Council she became an exceptional woman.
José Gojman was born in Pogrevische, Ukraine (1913). He immigrated to Mexico where his participation in community life through conferences in the Jewish Youth Club, his actions as representative in the Council of the Ashkenazi Kehillah, in the OIRIM organization and in the creation of Temple Bet-Itzhak made José Gojman a basic part of the Ashkenazi community in Mexico.
The CDICA has the complete works of Jules Verne in twelve volumes translated into Yiddish. It was published by the Hebrew Publishing Company in New York in 1922. This collection also has three private files of Jewish institutions in Mexico such as WIZO, the Bet-Itzhak synagogue and 56 handwritten letters in Yiddish that go from 1903 to 1929 sent from the Ukraine to Mexico and the United States.
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a) Der Weg
b) Nuestra Escuela (Our School)