Yidishe Folkspartei Election Poster

Solomon Yudovin

ca. 1918

Poster of people in hats and shawls standing outside building in village with sign with the number 4 on it, and Yiddish writing across the top and bottom.

The Folkspartei (Folk Party), which championed the goal of Jewish national autonomy in the diaspora, was founded in Saint Petersburg in 1906 under the leadership of the historian Simon Dubnow and other Jewish intellectuals. The party first ran candidates for political office when Germany occupied Poland during World War I and existed as a political party in Poland throughout the interwar years. Other parties and groups bore the same name and followed the same ideology in Lithuania and Latvia, and also in Ukraine from 1917 to 1921 during the brief period of the independent Ukrainian People’s Republic. This poster, which included Jews of different persuasions standing in front of it, was most likely created in Ukraine.


The Moldovan Family Collection

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 8.

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