Peretz Hirschbein


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(1880–1949), Jewish actor and dramatist, and founder of the first Yiddish Art Theatre in Odessa. Although his first play Miriam (pub. 1905) was written in Hebrew, he founded his company in 1908 for the production of plays in Yiddish, in which language he wrote his later works, translating them into Hebrew himself. Among the most important are The Blacksmith's Daughters (1915) and Green Fields (1919), both idylls of Jewish country life, the latter being considered one of the finest works of Yiddish dramatic literature.

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