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25 Yiddish and Hebrew Writers Listed in Polish ‘Lexicon’ of Greater Literary Artists

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A recently published Polish "pocket lexicon" of world famous writers carries the names of 25 Yiddish and Hebrew writers among the 1,500 literary greats listed. The lexicon, published in Warsaw, was prepared by the late Prof. Ben Mark, the head of the Jewish Historical institute.

Among the Jewish writers listed are Mocher Mendele Sforim; I.L. Peretz; Sholem Aleichem; Leib Kvitko; Peretz Markish; Abraham Goldfaden; II. Leivick; Jacob Glatstein; Yitzhak Katznelson; Zalman Shneur; Joseph Opatoshu; Alter Kazisne; Yehuda Halevy; Solomon Ibn-Gabriel; Shmuel Hanagid; Emanuel Haromi; S.J. Agnon; Saul Tchernichowsky; Yosef Chaim Brenner and Abraham Shlonsky.

Reports from Warsaw said the Yiddish State Theater in Poland is now concluding its season with a production of "God, Man and the Devil," an old play by Jacob Gordon, based on Dr. Faustus. No modern plays were included in the repertoire this season and the theater’s fate seems to be hanging in the balance. The former directress of the Yiddish State Theater, the actress Ida Kaminska, left Poland permanently last year and now resides in the United States.

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