Unzer Express - אונזער עקספרעס
About this newspaper
Unzer express (originally, Undzer Express) – one of the most important daily newspapers in Warsaw between the two World Wars. The first edition of the newspaper was published on the 25th of August, 1926 under the name "Warsaw express". According to the editorial in the first edition, the goal of the newspaper was to provide "the little man" and the worker with "a new tone, a new tune and a new word".
At the time of its inception, five other Yiddish newspapers were already being printed in Warsaw, so the competition was tight and the editorial board had to create a newspaper that especially compelling that provided reading material that wasn't being provided by the other newspapers. The new newspaper already drew attention with its appearance- its name and sometimes headlines, as well, were printed in red, in smaller than average print. It contained more pages than other newspapers and was also cheaper. Alongside the shorter than generally accepted news reports from Warsaw, Poland and the world were analysis and opinion pieces, mostly centered around Jewish subjects. Among the more prominent writers for the newspaper were the brothers Aaron and Elchanan Zeitlin (1898-1973, 1902-1942), Lazar Kahn (1885-1945), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), Joel Mastbaum (1884-1957), Avraham Zak (1891-1980), Yakir Warshavsky (1885-1942) and many others. The newspaper published two serialized novels (at least one of which had a decidedly sensationalist tenor), feuilletones, opinion pieces and criticism, various supplements, personal correspondences between the editors and the readers, and want ads in a wider scope than ever seen in Yiddish journalism until then.
Due to a number of extended conflicts between the publisher and the workers, there were disruptions in the regular appearance of the newspaper until January, 1927. From that point on until the outbreak of World War II, the newspaper was run by a cooperative, something unprecedented in the history of non-Socialist Yiddish journalism in Poland. The Editors-in-Chief were Lazar Kahn and Elchanan Zeitlin. The newspaper was meant to be apolitical and indeed didn't take a public political stance. Even so, it was clear that it was a "bourgeois" paper, with an admiration for Zionism and Eretz Yisrael.
The last edition of the newspaper was apparently printed on the 5th of November, 1939.
Prof. Nathan Cohen