Sholem Aleichem at his writing desk in Saint Petersburg, the capital of imperial Russia. 1904. Sholem Aleichem was a prolific writer who wrote in Yiddish, the language of millions of eastern European Jews.
Passengers board the express train to Saint Petersburg. Railroads revolutionized the world, providing fast and efficient transportation of goods and people. In the work of Sholem Aleichem and other authors of his time, trains often symbolized change and modernity.