The “Haynt” newspaper, which has been added to the Historical Jewish Press website, is the first newspaper in Yiddish to be added to the site. Its addition is both important and revolutionary in that it is one of the first historical newspapers in the Yiddish language that can be searched using OCR technology.
This is the 27th newspaper to be added to the site. So far, 35,664 pages of the newspaper have been added. Currently, the site includes some 580,000 pages of historical newspapers.
“Haynt” (“Today”) was published during the years 1908-1939, and it is one of two daily newspapers, the other being “Der moment” (The Moment”, 1910-1939), that signify the impressive development of Yiddish press in Eastern Europe in general, and in Poland especially. Both newspapers played a vital role in positioning Warsaw as one of the centers of modern Jewish culture in the 20th century, until the Holocaust.
The physical dimensions of the newspaper during its early years were fairly limited—only four to six pages daily; even during its later phase in the Interwar period, the newspaper issues published on weekdays usually comprised eight to ten pages, while those appearing on the eve of the Sabbath and holidays were larger. Within these quantitative limits, the newspaper attempted to include a very wide variety of material—news, articles on current events by noted writers, literary works, economic news, and information on cultural life. It also paid special attention to news relating to the city of Warsaw itself, including both Jewish and general themes. Therefore, the materials included in the newspaper makes it one of the inexhaustible sources of information for understanding the daily life of Polish Jews in general and the Warsaw Jewish community in particular.
“Haynt” on the JPress website:
The David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation has provided generous support for this important project from its early stages, and has made possible the digitization of this most recent and significant addition to the JPRESS website.