Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker
(Gimpl Beynish der Shadkhn)
Yiddish Comics of the early 20th century

Translation and commentary by Jane Peppler
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Comics read right to left. Click on any comic strip for larger view.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mexican leader Victoriano Huerta makes an appearance. 5-5-1914

Huerta, as you can see from the photo below, did not look at all like this leprous caricature. A couple months after this strip appeared, Huerta was deposed.

Amusingly, when talking to Huerta Gimpel uses the Polish term of respect: Pani Huerta.

May 5, 1914: Somewhere, somehow, he's looking for a portion of Mexican justice.
  1. GB: They shoot at everything. What can you say about such robbers.
  2. GB: I'll show you, you demons. I'll to to Huerta myself.
  3. GB: Mr Huerta, I want justice. They practically shot me.
  4. Huerta: Hey, soldiers, come here! The man wants justice. Don't be stingy measuring it out.
  5. GB: Gangsters, loafers! A plague I'll give you, not brides.

װאָס, װער, װע, פֿאַרזוכט ער גלאַט אַ פּאָרציע מעקסיקאַנער יושר.

גימפּעל בײניש: זײ שיעסען נאָך אַלץ. װאָס זאָגט מען ניט צו דיא גזלנים.
גימפּעל בײניש: איך׳ל אײַך װײַזען, רוצחים. איך געה צו הוערטאַ׳ן אַלײן.
גימפּעל בײניש: פּאַני הוערטאַ, איך װיל יושר. זײ האָבען דאָך מיך שיער געשאָסען.
הוערטאַ: העי, סאָלדאַטען, קומט אַהער! דער מאַן װיל יושר. זשאַלעװעט איהם ניט.
גימפּעל בײניש: גענגסטער, לױפֿער! אַ קדחת װעל איך אײַך גיבען, ניט קײן כּלות.



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