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Palestine Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Habimah

December 18, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Fifteen hundred persons gathered Saturday night in the Exhibition Hall of Tel Aviv to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the existence of the Habimah, Moscow Hebrew troupe which is now in Palestine. Chaim Nachman Bialik, Hebrew poet, was the principal speaker. He emphasized the artistic, cultural and national importance of the Habimah and compared it to the Agrippa Wall which was constructed around Jerusalem after Titus had destroyed the first two walls. So it was ten years ago when Jewry was destroyed by the World War, the Habimah proved to be the stronghold of Hebraism and of the Hebrew spirit, the poet declared.

Messages were received from Moscow, New York, London, Berlin and Warsaw. Congratulations were also read from Leopold Jessner, director of the Prussian State Theatre, Arnold Zweig, Alfred Kerr and from the widow of Vachtangoff, first director of the Moscow troupe, an Armenian.

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