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Maurice Schwartz, Leading Actor of Jewish Stage, Dies in Israel; Was 72

Maurice Schwartz, one of the giants of the Yiddish theater, died here today in Beilinson hospital after a month-long illness from a heart ailment. He was 72. In accordance with his last wish, his body will be flown to New York Friday. He became ill during a brief visit to Israel.

Born in the Ukraine, he was the founder and director of the Yiddish Art Theater in the United States. He produced more than 150 plays including the works of Sholem Aleichem, Shaw, Shakespeare, Leivick, Sackler, Hershbein, Pinsky, Goldfaden,Tolstoy, Wilde, Gorky and many others. He also produced several plays in English on the Broadway stage.