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Moyshe Broderzon, 1890-1956

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Moyshe Broderzon, 1890-1956


Moshe Broderzon was born in Moscow the grandson of the Hasidic master, Rebbe Itsikl Raskin. When his family was exiled from Moscow, Broderzon settled with his grandfather in Łódź and was brought up going to kheyder and became a bookkeeper. He spent WWI and the Revolution in Moscow. Broderson sought to create a new vocabulary for the expression of modern Jewish art that was multi-faceted. He sought to integrate decorative arts, performance, music, word, and text. He insisted that Yiddish culture have a relationship with culture beyond Yiddish while at the same time he advocated the cultivation of Yiddish culture’s “internal cultural impulses.” Along with Weichert, he was one of the founders of the modernist Yiddish group Young Yidish and published Expressionistic "dramaletn" or small dramas: A Snow Dance (A shney-tants) and Tsungalungn, a marionette performance, and wrote and directed for the experimental marionette theater Ararat.




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