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1 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd Introduction (Translated from the Yiddish) Prepared by Leybl Botwinik

2 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd

3 A few years ago, Lior (a colleague and friend) told me that his uncle had some Yiddish books, and asked me if I would like to have them before they were disposed of. No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd

4 Since it always pains me to see people throw out Yiddish books, I answered him positively that, yes, I would come take a look.

5 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd His uncle, Moyshe,

6 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd waited for us at the apartment

7 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd which was on the bottom floor.

8 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd The previous owner had left the place almost entirely empty, except for a writing table,

9 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd and a bookshelf.

10 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I took down a book of Yiddish idioms and expressions that was published two years earlier, and it looked quite old. Another book, from 1920, of scientific terms (Russian-Yiddish), on the other hand, was in an almost new condition. The same with other books. I pointed out to them the strange condition of the books: Those that should have looked old, looked brand new, and vice-versa.

11 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd

12 “He was a strange person,” my friend Lior’s uncle, Moyshe, said. “Always cooped up in the apartment.”

13 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Rarely did I see him go out. And each time, looking different. Sometimes, with a beard,”

14 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “and sometimes clean-shaven.”

15 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Sometimes with a mustache.” “Sometimes with a mustache.”

16 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Sometimes, I’d see him with grey hair,”

17 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “… and a few days later, he’d have jet-black hair..”

18 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “What did he do here? It’s a very big place for one person, and I don’t see any signs of furniture on the carpet,” I said.

19 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Who knows…? He once told me that he was in the business of importing/exporting electronic and computer parts.”

20 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd As I looked again at the shelves of books,

21 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I noticed a bound folder.

22 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Do you have any idea what that is?” I asked.

23 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Yes. I remember. He’d call it his “Diary”. He once told me, that it contained his life’s work. His dearest possessions.”

24 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “Interesting that he should leave it here.– Maybe he removed the important documents, and left the less important ones.”

25 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I untied the string and opened the folder. Inside I found an old diary that was about three-quarters filled.

26 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd There was a hand-drawn map, and various documents. In addition, I found some issues of a Yiddish newspaper “Ershte Nayes” (First News) – possibly a spoof of the Hebrew “Yediot Akhronot” (Latest News)?

27 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd There was a hand-drawn map, and various documents. In addition, I found some issues of a Yiddish newspaper “Ershte Nayes” (First News) – possibly a spoof of the Hebrew “Yediot Akhronot” (Latest News)?

28 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I opened the diary in the middle. There was a date from about 30 years ago: January 22, 1976. I began to turn the pages. I was stunned. The dates jumped years ahead, and then back, but the days / months were consecutive. Two pages later: January 23, 1989… And the following page: January 24, 1966. Like the person himself, this was quite strange.

29 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd 22 nd of January, 1976

30 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd 22 nd of January, 1976 23 rd of January, 1989

31 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd 24 th of January, 1966 22 nd of January, 1976 23 rd of January, 1989

32 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd 24 th of January, 1966 22 nd of January, 1976 23 rd of January, 1989 I opened up at the beginning, and immediately closed it.

33 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I packed everything up in my car, thanked them, and drove home. There I left everything in the car, so tomorrow I could take it all down to my friend Mendi at the “Yung Yiddish” library in Tel-Aviv.

34 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd I took the folder with the diary and papers, inside. My wife and children greeted me, and I spent the rest of the evening with my family, until quite late.

35 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd When everyone had gone to sleep, I reopened the diary, and began to read…

36 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd “ Saturday night, March 25 th, 1911. Today was the great fire in the Triangle factory in New York. It was terrible. I did everything I could to rescue as many of the innocent victims as possible. Unfortunately, it was next to impossible to approach many of them, and too late to help others. How Brave they were. How Tragic their Fate. But like the legendary Phoenix, hopefully a better, purer world for Jews and Mankind will be born out of the terrible fire …”

37 No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd Artwork: Nathaniel H. Botwinik Photos and texts: Leybl Botwinik If you would like to read more: http://www.leyblsvelt.co.il/mkp-I-hoyptzaytl.html http://www.leyblsvelt.co.il/mkp-I-hoyptzaytl.html http://www.leyblsvelt.co.il/mkp-I-hoyptzaytl.html No More Fear: 1-The Shepherd


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