Menorah, the Viennese cultural journal only appeared in print for a total of ten years before the worldwide depression—apparently to a greater degree than the rise of Nazism—hastened its demise. The book's German-language title translates as "Menorah, Jewish Magazine for Science, Art and Literature (1923-1932). The journal originally had matching bilingual subtitles as "Illustrated Monthly for the Jewish Home / Illustrierte Monatsschrift für die Jüdische Familie.".
Though the first issues of the journal included articles in English and Hebrew, the publication increasingly limited itself to use of the German language. Paul Josef Diamant—about whom little is known—founded the journal, directing it mainly to the educated Jewish middle class and particularly to its base unit, the family. His stated goal was to create a unified Jewish cultural atmosphere that could bridge the gulfs between various social and political factions. The journal contained articles on European Jewish culture in the early 20th century. It contained articles on sculpture, architecture, literature and art history. It opens a window to the richness of Jewish cultural life in Germany and Austria of the post World War I period, a period which was soon to be eradicated by the rise of Nazism. The Yale library recently acquired 5 volumes of Menorah ranging from 1927-1931. It is a pleasure to present this visual essay composed of images from it.
A digitized archive of Menorah can be found at http://compactmemory.de. You can click on each image in this exhibit to view a larger version.
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