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Aharon Ashman

Aharon Ashman (1889-1981) was born in the Ukraine. He was active in the Jewish self-defense units during the Petliura pogroms at the end of World War I. His literary career began after his arrival in Eretz Israel in 1921. He wrote poems (some of which became popular songs) and dramas, including a biblical trilogy and a play about early pioneer settlers. Ashman translated many librettos for the Hebrew opera. In addition to teaching, he edited school textbooks for the study of Hebrew. He served as president of the Israel Authors and Composers Association from 1956 to 1961.

Books Published in Hebrew
The Wall, (play), Yavne, 1938 [Ha-Choma]
Michal, the Daughter of Saul (play), Yavne, 1941 [Michal Bat Shaul]
That Earth (play), Kiriyat Sefer, 1943 [Ha-Adama Ha-Zot]
Young Love (play), Yavne, 1950 [Ahavat Neurim]
Plays [2 vols.], Yesod, 1973 [Machazot: Trilogya Dramatit]
Short Stories, Yesod, 1973 [Le-Orech Ha-Shvil: Sipurim U-Reshimot]
Firstlings of Autumn (poetry), Eden, 1975 [Bikurey Stav: Shirim Al Saf Prida]
Openings: Studies, Lectures, Reminiscences, Idan, 1978 [Eshnabim: Pirkei Iyun, Dvarim, Zichronot]

Michal, the Daughter of Saul [Habima, 1941]
That Earth [Habima, 1942]
Tidings [Habima, 1946]
Young Love [Habima, 1949]
Alexandra [with Menahem Avidom] (opera) [YMCA, Jerusalem, 1957; The Israeli Opera, 1958]

Books in Translation
Michal the Daughter of Saul
English: Jerusalem , World Zionist Organization, Dept. of Education, 1957

The Walls of Jerusalem
English: Jerusalem , World Zionist Organization, Dept. of Education, 1958

Aharon Ashman

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