Mrs. Manya Bialik Dies at 96

Funeral services were held here today for Mrs. Manya Bialik, widow of Israel’s poet laureate Chaim Nachman Bialik, who died yesterday at the age of 96. She was buried at the Old Cemetery beside the grave of her famed husband whom she survived by nearly 40 years. Bialik, who was one of the leaders of the Hebrew cultural revival in Palestine after World War I, died in 1934. Mrs. Bialik had been his closest companion.

Reportedly it was she who had to give “clearance” to his writing before he submitted it for publication. His letters to his wife were published here several years ago. The Bialiks’ large home here was turned into a museum and library years ago. Mrs. Bialik subsequently converted an annex into a women’s hall where the works of women artists are exhibited.

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