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Posted on Nov 30, 2012 • today in yiddishkayt

11/30 | Birthday of I. J. Singer

Today in Yiddishkayt… November 30

Birthday of I. J. Singer, Writer

Master of Yiddish fiction Israel Joshua Singer was born November 30, 1893 in Biłgoraj. The second child of three, his elder sister was writer Esther Kreitman and his younger brother was future Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. In his late teens, he left his parents’ religious home to pursue his writing: first in Warsaw, then in Kiev and Moscow. In 1921 he returned to Poland to join the bold young writers group “di Khalyastre (the Gang),” and wrote for the American “Forverts.” He moved permanently to the U.S. in 1934 where he died in New York on Feb. 10, 1944.

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