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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Sunday, February 14, 2016

He doesn't want to talk about the war. 10-6-1914

Sam Zagat and his editor Louis Miller evidently had decided if the U.S. was going to be neutral, they had better do the same. Tempers must have been running pretty hot. I was shocked to see the word "lynch" in this comic strip.

October 6, 1914: You can't budge the American patriots.
  1. GB: Here he goes, stuffed full of the war, everybody is crazy these days.
  2. GB: Since I don't want to hear about the war, let's talk about other things.
  3. Jake: But you must admit America would be able to beat France and Germany and...
  4. Jake: Hey, friends, he doesn't believe America could beat all of Europe. We should lynch him.
  5. GB: And I had thought there was no war in America. Oy, my head!

פֿון אַמעריקאַנער פּאַטריאָטען איז גלאַט ניט אױסצוהאַלטען.

גימפּעל בײניש: אָט געהט ער אױך אָנגעלאָדען פֿול מיט מלחמה. אַלע זײַנען משוגע הײַנטיגע צײַטען.
גימפּעל בײניש: אַז איך װיל ניט הערען פֿון מלחמה, לאָמיר שמועסען מכּח אַנדערע זאַכען.
דזשײק: אָבער איהר װעט דאָך צוגעבען אַז אַמעריקאַ װאָלט געקאָנט שלאָגען אי פֿראַנקרײַך, אי דײַטזלאַנד, אי…
דזשײק: העי, חבֿרה, ער גלױבט ניט אַמעריקאַ װאָלט געקענט שלאָגען גאַנץ יוראָפּ. מ׳דאַרף איהם לינטשען.
גימפּעל בײניש: אַבי איך האָב געמײנט אַז אין אַמעריקאַ איז ניטאָ קײן מילהמה. אױ, מײַן קאָפּ!

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