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Jewish Poets

Jewish Poets and their poems. A list of the top 100 most popular and best famous Jewish poets. Here are the best and most popular famous Jewish poets in history (with their best poetry).

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Jewish Poets
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Ginsberg , Allen

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An American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey.. American poet; one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation

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Amichai , Yehuda

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An Israeli poet considered by many to be the greatest modern Israeli poet.. Israeli poet

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Bible , The

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THE Holy Bible is a written revelation from the Sovereign Lord Jehovah to all people on this earth. This inspired book has global appeal, since it contains good news of a God-designed Messianic Kingdom that will establish peace and righteousness forever on a united Paradise earth. Fittingly, the complete Bible has been referred to as the Divine Library (Lat., Bibliotheca Divina), made up of 66 officially cataloged books that are accepted as the inspired guide for determining truth. While many divide the two major sections of the Bible into “The Old Testament” and “The New Testament,” we designate the first 39 books as the Hebrew Scriptures and the remaining 27 books as the Christian Greek Scriptures, basing such a decision on language rather than on a claimed “Testament” division.

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Lazarus , Emma

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Emma Lazarus was an American Jewish poet born in New York City. She is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1912.. American poet; best known for her poem The New Colossus

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Pastan , Linda

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Linda Pastan (born May 27, 1932 in New York) is an American poet of Jewish background. From 1991–1995 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. She is known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, domesticity, motherhood, the female experience, aging, death, loss and the fear of loss, as well as the fragility of life and relationships.

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Ezekiel , Nissim

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Nissim Ezekiel (24 December 1924 – 9 January 2004) was an Indian Jewish poet, playwright, editor and art - critic. He was a foundational figure in postcolonial India's literary history, specifically for Indian writing in English .

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Celan , Paul

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Paul Celan was a poet and translator. Paul Antschel was born into a Jewish family in Romania, but as a writer used the pseudonym "Paul Celan", becoming one of the major German-language poets of the post-World War II era.. Romanian-born Jewish poet and translator

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Alterman , Natan

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Nathan Alterman (Hebrew:, August 14, 1910, Warsaw – March 28, 1970, Tel Aviv) was an Israeli poet, playwright, journalist, and translator who - though never holding any elected office - was highly influential in Socialist Zionist politics, both before and after the establishment of the State of Israel.. Israeli poet journalist and translator

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Tucholsky , Kurt

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Kurt Tucholsky (January 9, 1890 – December 21, 1935) was a German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Kaspar Hauser, Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger and Ignaz Wrobel. Born in Berlin-Moabit, he moved to Paris in 1924 and then to Sweden in 1930.. German-Jewish journalist satirist and writer

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Levi , Primo

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Primo Michele Levi (Italian:  ['primo 'lvi] ; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian Jewish chemist and writer. He was the author of several books and collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947) (U.S.: Survival in Auschwitz ), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi -occupied Poland ; and his unique work, The Periodic Table (1975), linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named the best science book ever written.

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Shabazi , Shalom

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Rabbi Shalom ben Yosef Shabbazi, also Abba Shalem Shabbezi or Salim Elshibzi (Hebrew : , Arabic) was one of the greatest Jewish poets who lived in 17th century Yemen and now considered the 'Poet of Yemen'. Shabbazi was born in 1619 at Jewish Sharab, close to Ta'izz, and lived most of his life in Ta'izz from which he was expelled, along with most of the Yemenite Jews in 1679. He died in 1720. His father, Yosef ben Abijad bin Khalfun was also a Rabbi and a poet. Shabbazi's extant poetic diwan, comprising some 550 poems, was published for the first time by the Ben-Zvi Institute in 1977. He wrote in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Judeo-Arabic. Shabbazi's other writing include a treatise on astrology and a cabbalistic commentary on the Torah. Shabbazi's grave in Ta'izz is revered by Jews and Muslims alike. He is now considered by Academics as the 'Shakespeare of Yemen'.

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Kovner , Abba

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Abba Kovner (1918-1987) (Hebrew : was a Lithuanian Jewish Hebrew poet, writer, and partisan leader. He became one of the great poets of modern Israel. He was a cousin of the Israeli Communist Party leader Meir Vilner.

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Aharoni , Ada

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Ada Aharoni (b. Andrée Yadid, 1933) is an Egyptian-born Israeli poet, writer, lecturer and peace researcher. Since her first poetry book, Poems from Israel, was launched in 1972 she has published more than 20 books, including peace poetry, historical novels and biographies. The uprooting of the Jews from Egypt, including herself, following the establishment of Israel in 1948 is the main topic in many of her novels. Her research on this "Second Exodus" has been a major focus in her career.

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Avidan , David

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David Avidan (Hebrew : ) (February 21, 1934 – May 11, 1995) was an Israeli "poet, painter, filmmaker, publicist, and playwright" (as he often put it). He wrote 20 published books of Hebrew poetry.

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Afak , Abu

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Abu 'Afak (Arabic : , c. 7th century) was a Jewish poet who lived in the Hijaz region (today Saudi Arabia ). Abu 'Afak did not convert to Islam and was vocal about his opposition to Muhammad. He became a significant political enemy of Muhammad.

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Shlonsky , Avraham

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Avraham Shlonsky (March 6, 1900 – May 18, 1973; Hebrew: ; Russian: ) was a significant and dynamic Israeli poet and editor born in Russian Empire. He was influential in the development of modern Hebrew and its literature in Israel through his many acclaimed translations of literary classics, particularly from Russian, as well as his own original Hebrew children's classics. Known for his humor, Avraham Shlonsky earned the nickname "Lashonsky" from the wisecrackers of his generation (lashon means "tongue", i.e. "language") for his unusually clever and astute innovations in the newly evolving Hebrew language.. Israeli poet and editor

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Elia , Jon

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Jaun Elia (Urdu : , December 14, 1931 – November 8, 2002) was a notable Pakistani Urdu -language poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of journalist and psychoanalyst Rais Amrohvi and journalist and philosopher Syed Muhammad Taqi, and husband of columnist Zahida Hina. He was fluent in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew .

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Arnsztajnowa , Franciszka

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Franciszka Arnsztajnowa (in full: Franciszka Hanna Arnsztajnowa ; 19 February 1865 – August 1942) was a well-known and esteemed Polish poet, playwright, and translator of Jewish descent. Much of her creative oeuvre falls within the Young Poland period, stylistically encompassing the twilight of neo-romanticism. She is called "the legend of Lublin ".

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Goldberg , Leah

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Leah Goldberg (Hebrew : ; May 29, 1911, Königsberg – January 15, 1970, Jerusalem ) was a prolific Hebrew-language poet, author, playwright, literary translator, and comparative literary researcher. Her writings are considered classics of Israeli literature and remain very popular among Hebrew speaking Israelis .

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Mühsam , Erich

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Erich Mühsam (6 April 1878 – 10 July 1934) was a German-Jewish anarchist essayist, poet and playwright. He emerged at the end of World War I as one of the leading agitators for a federated Bavarian Soviet Republic.. German-Jewish antimilitarist anarchist essayist poet and playwright

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Aini , Lea

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Lea Aini (Hebrew) (born 1962 Tel Aviv ), is an Israeli author and poet, who has written over twenty books.

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Alterman , Nathan

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Nathan Alterman (Hebrew : , August 14, 1910 – March 28, 1970) was an Israeli poet, playwright, journalist, and translator who – though never holding any elected office – was highly influential in Socialist Zionist politics, both before and after the establishment of the State of Israel .

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al-Huqayq , Al-Rabi ibn Abu

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Ar-Rabi' bin Abi 'l-Huqayq (Arabic : ) was a Jewish poet of the Banu al-Nadir in Medina, who flourished shortly before the Hegira (622).

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Amichai , Yehudah

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Yehuda Amichai (Hebrew : ; 3 May 1924 – 22 September 2000) was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew.

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Abulafia , Todros ben Judah Halevi

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Todros ben Judah Halevi Abulafia (1247 – after 1300) was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew. He also wrote poems in Arabic .

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Alharizi , Yehuda

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Yehuda Alharizi, also Judah ben Solomon Harizi or al-Harizi (Hebrew : , Yehudah ben Shelomo al-Harizi, Arabic : , Yahya bin Sulaiman bin Sha'ul abu Zakaria al-Harizi al-Yahudi min ahl Tulaitila ) was a rabbi, translator, poet and traveller active in Spain in the Middle Ages (1165 in Toledo – 1225 in Aleppo ). He was supported by wealthy patrons, to whom he wrote poems and dedicated compositions.

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Hollander , John

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John Hollander (born October 28, 1929 in New York City) is a Jewish-American poet and literary critic. As of 2007, he is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University. Previously he taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center, CUNY.. Jewish-American poet and literary critic

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Adiya , Samaw'al ibn

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As-Samaw’al bin ‘Adiya’ (Arabic : / Hebrew : ) was an Arabian poet and warrior, esteemed by the Arabs for his loyalty, which was commemorated by an Arabic idiom: " awfá min as-Samaw’al " ( / more loyal than al-Samaw'al).

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Penn , Alexander

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Alexander Penn (Hebrew : , Russian : ; 1906 – April 1972) was an Israeli poet.

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Zelda ,

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Zelda Schneersohn Mishkovsky (June 20, 1914 – April 30, 1984) (Hebrew : - ), widely known as Zelda, was an Israeli poet. She received three awards for her published works.

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Elia , Jaun

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Jaun Elia (Urdu : , December 14, 1931 – November 8, 2002) was a notable Pakistani Urdu -language poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of journalist and psychoanalyst Rais Amrohvi and journalist and philosopher Syed Muhammad Taqi, and husband of columnist Zahida Hina. He was fluent in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew .

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Adaf , Shimon

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Shimon Adaf (Hebrew : , born 1972) is an Israeli poet and author born in Sderot.

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Amir , Aharon

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Aharon Amir (Hebrew : , January 5, 1923 in Kaunas, Lithuania - February 28, 2008 in Tzrifin ) was an Israeli Hebrew poet, a literary translator and a writer.

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Bialik , Hayim Nahman

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Hayim Nahman Bialik (Hebrew : ; January 9, 1873 – July 4, 1934), also Chaim or Haim, was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as Israel 's national poet .

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Levin , Hanoch

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Hanoch Levin (December 18, 1943 – August 18, 1999; Hebrew ), was a prominent Israeli dramatist, theater director, author and poet, best known for his theater plays.

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Tchernichovsky , Shaul

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Shaul Tchernichovsky (20 August 1875 – 14 October 1943; Hebrew : ; Russian : ), was a Russian-born Hebrew poet. He is considered one of the great Hebrew poets, identified with nature poetry, and as a poet greatly influenced by the culture of ancient Greece .

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Amir , Anda Pinkerfeld

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Anda Pinkerfeld Amir (Hebrew : - ; June 26, 1902 - March 27, 1981) was an Israeli poet and author. She is best remembered in Israel as a children's writer.

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Brzechwa , Jan

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Jan Brzechwa (Polish pronunciation:  ['bxfa] ), (Zmerynka, Podolia, 15 August 1898 – 2 July 1966, Warsaw, Poland) was a Polish poet and author, known mostly for his contribution to children's literature. He was born Jan Wiktor Lesman to a Polish family of Jewish descent.

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Ezra , Moses ibn

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Rabbi Moses ben Jacob ibn Ezra, known as Ha'Sallah ("writer of penitential prayers") (Arabic : , Abu Harun Musa bin Ya'acub ibn Ezra, Hebrew : ,) was a Jewish, Spanish philosopher, linguist, and poet. He was born at Granada about 1055 – 1060, and died after 1138. Ezra is Jewish by religion but is also considered a great influence in the Arabic world in regards to his works. He is considered one of the greatest poets to originate from Spain and was thought of as ahead of his time in terms of theories surrounding the nature of poetry. One of the more revolutionary aspects of Ezra’s poetry that have been debated over is his definition of poetry as metaphor and how it fuses Aristotle’s early ideas. Ezra’s philosophical works were minor compared to his impact on poetry, but they address the relationship that is held between God and man. [ Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA 1 ]

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Arad , Roy

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Roy "Chicky" Arad (Hebrew : "'", born 1977) is an Israeli poet, singer, script-writer, artist and political activist. Arad is the editor of Maayan magazine for poetry and a journalist in Haaretz .

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Geffen , Yehonatan

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Yehonatan Geffen (Heb: ; born on February 22, 1947) also known as Yonatan Gefen, is an Israeli author, poet, songwriter, journalist, and playwright.

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Armon , Dan

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Dan Armon, Israeli poet, was born in Jerusalem in 1948, the year Israel gained independence. He studied literature and theater at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has published four books of poems.

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Bat-Miriam , Yocheved

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Yocheved Bat-Miriam (Hebrew : - ) (born 1901 in Russia – 7 January 1980 in Israel) was an Israeli poet. She is unusual among Hebrew poets in expressing nostalgia for the landscapes of the country of her birth. Yocheved migrated to British Palestine, later to be called Israel, in 1928. Her first book of poetry, Merahok ("From a distance") was published in 1929. In 1948, her son from her second marriage to writer Haim Hazaz died in the Israeli War of Independence .

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Gouri , Haim

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Haim Gouri (Hebrew : ) (born 9 October 1923) is an Israeli poet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker .

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Greenberg , Uri Zvi

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Uri Zvi Grinberg (Hebrew : , 22 September 1896 – 8 May 1981) was an acclaimed Israeli poet and journalist who wrote in Yiddish and Hebrew.

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Biadula , Zmitrok

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Shmuel Yefimovich Plavnik (Samuil Jafimowicz Plaunik, Belarusian : ; April 23, 1886 – November 3, 1941), better known by the pen name Zmitrok Biadula, (Belarusian: ), was a famous Jewish Belarusian poet, prose writer, cultural worker, and political activist in the Belarusian independence movement.

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Saari , Rami

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Rami Saari (Hebrew : ; b. 1963, Petah Tikva, Israel ) is an Israeli poet, translator, linguist and literary critic.

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Rachel ,

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Rachel Bluwstein Sela (September 20 (Julian calendar), 1890 – April 16, 1931) was a Hebrew poet who immigrated to Palestine in 1909. She is known by her first name, Rachel, (Hebrew : ) or as Rachel the poetess (Hebrew). [ citation needed ]

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Williams , Oscar

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Oscar Williams (December 29, 1900 - October 10, 1964) was an American anthologist and poet. Oscar Williams was his pen name.. Jewish Ukrainian-American anthologist and poet

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Katzenelson , Itzhak

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Itzhak Katzenelson (Hebrew : , Yiddish : ((; also transcribed Icchak-Lejb Kacenelson, Jizchak Katzenelson ; Yitzhok Katznelson ) (1 July 1886 – 1 May 1944) was a Jewish teacher, poet and dramatist. He was born in 1886 in Karelichy near Minsk, and was murdered May 1, 1944 in Auschwitz.

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