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Yitzhak Manger, Yiddish Poet and Essayist, Dies in Israel at 67

Yitzhak Manger, the Yiddish poet and essayist, died here Feb. 20 at a private sanatorium after a long illness. He was 67. He settled in Israel two years ago. Born in Rumania, he came to the United States in 1951. He had fled from Warsaw to London when World War II broke out. He had visited Israel a number of times before deciding to settle there. An adaptation of one of his major works, “The Megillah” was performed recently in New York City. He had written more than a dozen books of Yiddish poems and essays. His poems had been translated into more than a half dozen languages.

An anthology of all Mr. Manger’s works written until that time was published in 1954 under the title “Poems and Ballads.” He subsequently published a book of essays and a collection of poetry entitled “Stars in the Dust.” Among his best known books of poetry were “Poems From the Chumash,” “Stars Over My Roof” and “Clouds Over My Roof.” He wrote several plays based on Yiddish folk themes.

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