Letter from Sholem Aleichem bearing his future epitaph

Title: Letter from Sholem Aleichem bearing his future epitaph
ID: RG 223 / RG
Predominant Dates: 1906
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Sholem Aleichem (pseudonym of Shalom Rabinovitz; 1859-1916) was born in the provincial town of Pereyaslav (Ukraine). He was one of the founding fathers of modern Yiddish literature and a supreme Jewish humorist. He began his career as a writer in the late 1870s. By 1879, he had already been a local reporter for the Hebrew weekly "Ha-Tsefirah." His works include five novels, many plays, and some 300 short stories. Among his most memorable characters is "Tevye der milkhiker" (Tevye the dairyman). During the Russian Revolution of 1905, he and his family fled westward, eventually making their way to New York. There, he died on May 13, 1916 and was mourned by hundreds of thousands
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