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Guide to the Scrolls of Fire Screen Prints, 1979

Summary

The Scrolls of Fire screen prints is a partial collection of the images created by Israeli painter and graphic artist Dan Reisinger (1934- ) to illustrate verses by Israeli poet Abba Kovner. Reisinger's illustrations and Kovner's verses were published with parallel Hebrew and English text in 1981 as Megilot ha-esh [Scrolls of Fire: a nation fighting for its life: fifty-two chapters of Jewish martyrology].

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11024
Title
Scrolls of Fire screen prints
Date
1979
Extent
2 Linear Feet, 18 screen prints (70 cm x 50 cm)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Scrolls of Fire screen prints are a partial collection of the 53 prints relating to the poetry of Abba Kovner that Dan Reisinger created in 1979. Kovner's verses and Reisinger's illustrations were published with parallel Hebrew and English text in 1981 as Megilot ha-esh [Scrolls of Fire: a nation fighting for its life: fifty-two chapters of Jewish martyrology]. According to the artist's website, the screen prints "depict the spiritual and physical fight for survival of the Jewish people throughout history." The prints in this collection are from a limited edition of 180 printings.

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Arrangement

The prints are arranged numerically according to the numbering of their corresponding Megilot ha-esh [Scrolls of Fire] verses. The chapter titles from the English translations of Kovner's verses follow the chapter numbers in the folder listing.

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[Identification of item], Scrolls of Fire screen prints, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1, "Weeping of a prophet", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Destruction of the First Temple, 586 B.C.E."

Box 1
Folder 1
4, "A stiff-necked people", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "A Statue in the Temple; The Decree of Caligula, 40 C. E."

Box 1
Folder 1
5, "This night", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Destruction of the Second Temple, 70"

Box 1
Folder 1
6, "The Rock and the people", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Fall of Masada, 73"

Box 1
Folder 1
7, "Their blood ran down to the sea", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Diaspora Rebellion, 115-117"

Box 1
Folder 2
9, "Transgress and suffer not death", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Moment of Conversion, 135"

Box 1
Folder 2
10, "The ten martyrs", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Ten Martyrs (1), 135-138"

Box 1
Folder 2
11, "And the ones I go on remembering", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Ten Martyrs (2), 135-138"

Box 1
Folder 2
13, "A fire consumed your home", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Destruction of Jewish Communities in Southern Arabia, 624"

Box 1
Folder 3
17, "Mina, Gitele, Zipporah", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Persecutions in Germany, 1180"

Box 1
Folder 3
18, "Oh your brother's blood cries from the Maghreb", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Decrees of Conversion in Islamic Lands, 1146"

Box 1
Folder 3
25, "The Vale of Tears ", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Years of the Black Plague, 1348-1352"

Box 1
Folder 3
32, "To the ends of the earth: a page from the notebook of the Marranos", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Burning of the Marranos, 16th and 17th Centuries"

Box 1
Folder 4
34, "Of children who were captured", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "The Decree of the Cantonists in Russia, 1827-1854"

Box 1
Folder 4
37, "Storms in the South", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Pogroms in South Russia, 1881-1883"

Box 1
Folder 4
43, "The chosen people ", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Kovno, 1943"

Box 1
Folder 5
46, "The ghetto burns", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: "Warsaw, April 23, 1943"

Box 1
Folder 5
52, "And let us remember", 1979

Caption from 1981 publication: [no caption]

Box 1
Folder 5
 

Historical Note

Dan Reisinger (1934- ) is an Israeli painter and graphic artist known for his posters and corporate logo design for El Al Israeli Airlines and other organizations.

Related Material

Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Processing Information

Processed by: Mary Mellon, May 2015

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014.0138

Identifying information for the screen prints, including chapter numbers, chapter titles, and illustration captions, were taken from the 1981 edition of Abba Kovner, Megilot ha-esh [Scrolls of fire].