Labzik’s proletarian puppet show

Labzik’s proletarian puppet show

Yiddish Communist dog.

No, it’s not an epithet; it’s a fair description of the star of “Labzik: Stories of a Clever Pup,” a Yiddish children’s book published in 1935, in the height of the Great Depression, by left-wing author Gershon Einbinder, writing under the pen name Chaver Paver.

A selection of the Labzik stories was translated by Dr. Miriam Udel, who teaches Yiddish language and literature at Atlanta’s Emory University, in her recent book, “Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature.”

Now — and through June 5 — 52 minutes of Labzik’s adventures can be seen in an animated puppet film adapted and directed by Jake Krakovsky and presented by Theater Emory.

Set in New York City, the stories — told in English and subtitled in Yiddish — include striking workers, mean bosses and principals, a corrupt mayor, and — perhaps most frighteningly — a cruel dog catcher.

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