Vilna, Poland, 1928. "First Blossoms"
Ershte blit (First Blossoms) by Leib Altszuler (Leo Altshuler) was published in Vilna, Poland. The author, by then living in the United States, self-published his book on a trip back home to Vilna. The 2nd poem in the book, “To All My Friends in Poland,” is a love letter to Vilna. Vilna is the homeland of “the beloved language, Yiddish” and his childhood dreams. One section of the volume is dedicated to a girl named Beba, a sweetheart he left behind when he left for America.
Digitization of this artifact has been made possible by the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project.