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Levantamiento Indígena
In the first week of June 1990, tens of thousands of Ecuadorian Indian peasants stopped delivering farm produce to the towns and...
Afro-Indian Abraham
Because slave-run plantations in Florida lay at the edge of Indian lands, there was frequent contact between fugitive slaves,...
Armenian Massacre 1896
On 26 August 1896 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, a small nationalist social-democratic organization, occupied the Ottoman...
Shopworkers in Istanbul
Western department stores played an important role in Istanbul’s retail trade in the late nineteenth and early twentieth...
Yiddish Letters
Yiddish letters can be found in several archives which were acquired by the IISH in the course of time. Some of these are from...
Martyrs of the Mother Tongue
Bangladesh was governed by Pakistan from 1947 to 1971. As a consequence, Urdu was the only recognized language. Bangla, the...
National Karen Day
About 6 million Karen live in Burma/Myanmar. During British rule they were unable to form a free, independent Karen state. After...
Indians Reject Environmental Legislation
In Rotterdam the Fourth Russell Tribunal studied the rights of Indians from 24 to 30 November 1980. In addition to dealing with...
To Promote Balochi
Balochistan is a province of Pakistan, but Balochi speakers can be found in Afghanistan, Iran, the Arab Emirates, Turkmenistan,...
The Bund Is Founded in a Stable
Thirteen representatives of local Jewish socialist groups secretly met in the stable of a tiny wooden house in the outskirts of...
Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland
Roman Catholic Irish were subdued to ethnic cleansing policy by Oliver Cromwell. After his suppression of a rebellion against the...
Gypsies Lose Their Advocate
When Lau Mazirel died on 20 November 1974, the small gypsy population in the Netherlands lost its main advocate. The foundation...
King of Kurdistan
On 9 October 1956 Sheikh Mehmud Berzenci (Mahmud Barzinci), the "King of Kurdistan", died. He had given himself this title in...
"There Are No Jews in Morocco"
The German invasion of France in 1940 also had consequences for the French colonies. Morocco had been a French protectorate since...
Black Panthers
The first issue of The Black Panther, official news organ of the Black Panther Party, was published on 25 April 1967. Black...
Gypsy Life in Dutch Childrens' Books 1825-1990
Gypsy life is highly imaginative. Gypsies are generally portrayed as lazy and unreliable: they live by begging and poaching,...
The Chinese of Amsterdam
The Chinese people who arrived in the Netherlands from around 1900 onwards were nearly all seafarers and, in particular, stokers...
Dertsiyung funm kleynkind
This booklet gives advice on how to educate little children in a healthy manner.
Vegvayzer far emigrantn
This guide contains useful advices and addresses for emigrants to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, South-Africa,...
O.R.T. : Gezelshaft tsu farshpreyten handverkeray un landvirtshaft tsvishn iden in rusland
During the Interbellum, the ORT established vocational schools in Poland and the Baltic States and in a few cities of the Soviet-...
Emigrant Aid Societies ORT and OSE
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if availableORT : Organization for Rehabilitation...
A. Berkman, Der Kronshtater oyfshtand
A protest against the repression of the revolt of the Russian sailors by the Bolshevik authorities in Leningrad in 1921.  From...
P. Kropotkin, Gesets un oytoritet
One of the many examples of 'classic' anarchist texts translated into Yiddish. 
B. Feigenbaum, Vi kumt a yid tsu sotsyalismus?
Benjamin Feigenbaum (1860-1932) was a true master of anti-religious satire. He used the religious knowledge he received from his...
Kamf un kemfer
The Russian Social Revolutionary Party in exile in Londen also tried to gain members among the Jewish workers of the immigrant...
Socialist-revolutionary and anarchist propaganda
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if available Kamf un kemfer  B. Feigenbaum, Vi kumt...
Hagode shel pesakh: The Hagada
The Yiddish revolutionary propagandists tried to give Jewish tradition and the traditional Jewish festivals a new and socialist...
Makhzor im tefiloh zokhoh leyomim hanoyrim ulekhol yemoys hashonoh
Anti-religious propaganda in the form of a prayer-book.   Two pages from the book and an advertisement on the back for a would be...
Di Geheymnise fun Rusishen kayzerlikhen hof
Report of the Imperial Court of Russia. The story of the attempt on Tsar Aleander II life in 1882.
Yoysef Bovshover's Poeziyen
Yoysef Bovhover (1873-1915) who had just arrived in the United States from Riga when Dovid Edelshtat died, wrote an elegy on...
Revolutionary Song Di Shvue
This song is not to be confused with the Bund anthem Di Shvue.
Dovid Edelshtat, revolutionary Yiddish poet
After his emigration to the United States Dovid Edelshtat (1866-1892) started writing Yiddish poems of protest and wrath and...
Bundist election poster 1
Bundist election poster
Bundist election poster 2
Bundist election poster
Bundist election poster 3
Bundist election poster
Bundist election poster 4
Bundist election poster
Yiddish Revolutionary Propaganda
Poetry, Literature and Anti-Religious PublicationsClick to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if...
Bundist election placards being posted
Bundist election placards being posted.
The Bund and Elections in Interbellum Poland
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if availableBundist election placards being posted ...
Bundist Postcard
This postcard is a good example of the bi-linguality of the Bund in Poland and the Baltic States during the Interbellum. This...
Poster announcing Bund meeting
Poster announcing Bund Youth-meeting.
Call for financial support
Call for financial support for Yiddish secular education.
Graphic design for the Bund
Graphic design for the May 1st festivities of the Bund in Poland.
Picture stamps for the Medem Club
In interbellum Poland the Bund not only operated as political party but was also very active in the socio-cultural field. The...
Political exiles
A group of political exiles, amongst them nine Bundists, in exile in Yakutsk, Siberia.
Di geshikhte fun der idisher arbeyter bevegung in rusland un poylen
 First page of the brochure and list of publictions. At the end of most pamphlets the Bund and the Jewish anarchists published a...
Exhibitions of Highlights of the Yiddish Collection
Five exhibitions of posters, photos and other documents 1. The Bund in pictures2. The Bund and Elections in Interbellum Poland3....
The Bund in pictures
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Papua Leader Viktor Kaisiëpo Msn
Recently three collections on the history of Papua were acquired by the IISH.  In 2008 the archive of the Foundation Aid to...
A Sudeten-German Euro-communist
From Berlin the IISH received a typescript of more than 200 pages by Leopold Grünwald. Grünwald, born in 1901, was a Sudeten...
Ethnic Tensions and Violence
Following the Amsterdam conference by Armenian and Turkish scholars (WATS), the NIOD institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide...
Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship
For the last fifteen years the Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship (WATS) has been the main forum where Turkish, Armenian...
Yiddish Collection Guide
The IISH has a unique and manifold collection of Yiddish material consisting of books, brochures, periodicals and pamphlets of...
Scriptieprijs voor Matthias van Rossum
De J.R. Bruijn-prijs voor de beste scriptie over een maritiem-historisch onderwerp, is dit jaar gewonnen door Matthias van Rossum...
Central European Crossroads
During the four decades of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia a vast literature on working-class movements has been produced...
Class and Other Identities
In recent years, much debate has taken place on the future and function of labour history. Among the issues debated was the...
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