Auction 130 Unlimited Belongings of Tzaddikim, Manuscripts, Rabbinical letters and Rare books, Antisemitism, Zionism and Yiddish culture
Jul 20, 2021
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LOT 40:

Invitation to Seder Night for the American Occupation Forces in Japan. Kyoto, 1947. Unknown in the Bibliography of ...

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Invitation to Seder Night for the American Occupation Forces in Japan. Kyoto, 1947. Unknown in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.

Colorful illustrated invitation to seder night, distributed US Army I Corps in Kyoto, Japan, for the forthcoming Passover Seder, 1947. Unknown in the Bibliography.


The cover bears a color lithograph and the caption [in English] "Passover Festival, Kyoto Japan, April 1947." The first two pages describe the planned seder night; the schedule (including: opening words from the chaplain and the commander, recital of "Mah Nishtanah" by Miss Patricia Olsen, age 7, and reading of the haggadah); and the planned menu (which included matzah, wine, lettuce and celery, together with thousand island dressing, cooked potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, roast chicken and more.) On the back of the invitation, the Jewish chaplain servicemen express their appreciation and gratefulness to their commanders for the splendid cooperation extended ... "the spirit of brotherhood displayed by our Christian brethren on this Passover festival will be an event always remembered and cherished by all ..."


The Jewish Agency in New York released a news item about the seder night that took place in Kyoto that year, yet there was no remnant of this special event in which hundreds of Jewish soldiers participated, gathering together to celebrate the festival of freedom, immediately after liberating the entire world. Especially rare item. Unicum.


[4] pages, 14x21.5 cm. The lithograph was printed in the United States, but the content was apparently printed in Japan.

Fine-very fine condition, minimal creases and fold marks, aging stains, tiny tear in the fold.


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