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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Monday, December 11, 2017

Corrupt Jewish cladding manufacturers, and GImpel's mysterious inheritance is not yet revealed. 3-3-1915

Here the Warheit editor points out that the United States would sell munitions to any party of the war, as long as they had the money. But in this case political considerations evidently intervened.

Below: the anticipation of what Gimpel's inheritance might be is building up. The decedent was a German woman he had hitherto considered to be an anti-Semite. We'll see.

March 3 1915 cartoon: Americans who become rich from the war
Jewish cladding manufacturers lick the bones (profit)
There is writing I can't read but Russia, England and the United States are marching toward the money bundles. Caption:
Uncle Sam (to Germany and Austria): If these robbers would allow it, I'd sell you cannons, bombs, rifles and powder.

March 3, 1915: Obviously something will come of this. Tomorrow.
  1. GB: Here, supposedly, is the lawyer. Soon I'll hear the good news.
  2. GB: Oh boy, there're quite a few books here! Just about like in a religious study house forgive the comparison.
  3. Lawyer: This is really you, Mister Gimpel Beynish? Well, you're owed congratulations.
  4. Lawyer: Sign these papers and tomorrow you'll get sent your inheritance.
  5. GB: Of course I remember the old German lady. She sure wasn't an anti-semite.

פֿאַרשטעהט איהר דאָך אַלײן, אַז דערצו קומט נאָך עפּעס. מאָרגען װעט עס זײַן.

גימפּעל בײניש: דאָ, משמעות, איז דער לאָיער. באַלד װעל איך הערען דיא גוטע בשורה.
גימפּעל בײניש: אָו-װאָ, אַביסעל ספֿרים! באַלד, באַלד װיא אין אַ בית המדרש, להבדיל.
לאָיער: דאָס זײַט איהר טאַקע, מיסטער גימפּעל בײניש? װעלל, אײַך קומט צו גראַטולירען.
לאָיער: שרײַב אונטער דיא פּאַפּיערען און מאָרגען קריגט איהר צוגעשיקט דיא ירושה.
גימפּעל בײניש: אודאי געדענק איך דיא אַלטע דײַטשקע. גאָר ניט געװען קײן אַנטיסעמיטקע.

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