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Peretz Hirshbein, 1880-1948

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Peretz Hirshbeyn (top row, left) and Jacob Ben Ami (top row, middle) with the newly formed Hirshbeyn Troupe in Odessa, 1909.


Peretz Hirshbein, 1880-1948


During his stay in Łódź [1908], Hirshbein together with the director Dovid Herman, announced the founding of "a literary-dramatic theater". Not finding enough popularity, however, Hirshbein returned to Odessa and, on the initiative of the poet Kh. N. Bialik (1873-1934), and the support of a group of Yiddish students from the Russian dramatic school, he founded the literary theater troupe "The Dramatic Troupe Under the Leadership of Peretz Hirshbein", or, as it later was popular: "The Hirshbein Troupe". In the course of its existence (Spring 1908 to July 1910) the troupe functioned under the artistic direction of Hirshbein and Jacob Ben-Ami (1890-1977).


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