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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Solidarity Forever: Woof!

I'll admit I haven't been following events in Greece as closely as I would like. But one story caught my attention this morning. Check out this mysterious dog that shows up at demonstrations. Note especially the photograph with the tear gas. There was a popular Socialist Yiddish children’s book by Chaver Paver (Gershon Einbinder) about a dog named Lazbik, a red dog, both in politics and in literal color who sided with the workers against the police during tense demonstrations. I wish I could name this dog Lazbik or turn the name into a Greek form but he's already been dubbed "Kanellos" by the media. In any case, that’s one tough dog. And as far as I can tell he’s on the right side of the fight.

And if anyone who reads Yiddish wants a good laugh and a time capsule of a socialist Yiddish speaking New York Brooklyn that existed seventy years ago, here's Chaver Paver's Lazbik. Note the phonetic spelling of Hebrew words, which was common in Socialist children's publications but for me is extremely difficult to read.

1 comment:

  1. I like the one where the boy scout tries to steal the family's portrait of Lenin. "Hu iz dhis gay, enivey?"