Hidden Ephemera Discovered

Written by Eiran Harris

Hidden and forgotten for 100 years, special newspaper issues describing the beginning of the First World War were recently discovered. Eiran Harris, Archivist Emeritus of Montreal’s Jewish Public Library was carefully perusing bound volumes of extremely fragile issues of Montreal’s Yiddish newspaper, the Keneder Adler (Jewish Daily Eagle) piled up at the National Archives of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Suddenly, unfamiliar pages were revealed. Commencing on July 31st, 1914 the Adler published daily “Extra” issues, ranging in length from four to eight pages and providing up-to-the-minute reports on the war’s progress. A total of 24 issues priced at 1 cent each were published. These are the only known original issues in existence.

Newpaper extra from the Keneder Adler

July 31st, 1914 – It is rumored that Germany has declared war on Russia

 

Newpaper extra from Keneder Adler

August 1st, 1914 – War declared : Germany declares war on Russia

Newpaper extra from Keneder Adler

August 4th, 1914 – England’s ultimatum : England demands that Germany not touch Belgium

News article from the Keneder Adler

August 8th, 1914 Germany advances on Petersburg – Jews organize their own regiment to help England

Article from the Keneder Adler

August 12th, 1914 – Escape from Finland, Montenegro at war with Germany

News article from the Keneder Adler
August 19th, 1914 – Brussels stormed, Turkey to remain neutral

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