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Great Artists: David Pinski, Yiddish Playwright

David Pinski was a Yiddish playwright, novelist and editor. Born in Mohilev, Belarus (then part of the Russian Empire), his plays were probably performed in English more often than any other Yiddish dramatist.

Although Pinski was fluent is several languages, he chose to write in Yiddish. According to an article in the Jerusalem Post in 1972, written by Sol Liptzin, "In the course of his 87 years he enriched Yiddish with more than 200 major contributions: plays, novels, short stories, travel sketches, memoirs, essays, poems." Many of his plays were published
English, as were two of his novels and many of his shorter works. His works were also published in Russian, German, and Hebrew. In addition to the numerous performances in the Yiddish theater, Pinski's plays were performed in translation. For example, "The Treasure" was produced by
Max Reinhardt in Berlin in German. There were also performances in English by the Theater Guild in New York, the Provincetown Playhouse ("The Final Balance"), the 92 St. Y in New York City, and in Hebrew by the Habima Theater in Israel

David Pinski
29 Sep 1924
New York City


 Great Artist Series

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 Pictorial Encyclopedia


Habima performance of Pinski's
"The Eternal Jew"

New York City
Dec 1926

The Grine Felder colony in the Catskills


David Pinski and his grandson Gabriel at Grine Felder



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