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ARTEF Arbeter Teater Farband (Workers Theater Association, 1925-1940)

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ARTEF Arbeter Teater Farband (Workers Theater Association, 1925-1940)


Organized by the Young Workers' League, the ARTEF was the Yiddish workers' art theater that operated within the orbit of the American Jewish communism. It was most active during the Depression years. According the theater historian Edna Nahshon, "it was one of the most prominent organizations of the American Yiddish stage" and, with time, "one of the pillars of the Theatre of Social American." (Yiddish Proletarian Theatre, xii).  

It was influenced by Communist groups and staged political theater.


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