Haynt – The Jewish Voice at your Home

Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov
Polish Academy of Sciences

For the Zionist daily “Haynt”, one of two leading Yiddish dailies in pre-1939 Eastern Europe, Warsaw played an important role from its first issue in January 1908 until the very last moment, in September 1939. Before 1918, for the “Haynt” journalists the Eastern European Jewish world had two capitals: St. Petersburg, where all the decrees concerning Jews were issued, and Warsaw (everything else in the Russian Empire was considered “provincial”). After Poland regained its independence in 1918, Warsaw became for “Haynt” the main point of reference. What was precisely the relationship between Warsaw and “Haynt”? How was it depicted by its journalists, whose headquarters boasted, for 31 years in a row, the same address – 8 Chlodna Street? These are the questions I will try to answer in my paper.

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