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Avigdor Hameiri

אביגדור המאירי

Avigdor Hameiri (1890-1970) was born in Carpatho, Ukraine (then Hungary), as Avigdor Feuerstein. He published his first poem in Hebrew in 1907 and his first book of poetry five years later. In 1916, he was captured by the Russians while serving as an Austrian officer on the Russian front. He was imprisoned in Siberia and released in 1917 after the October Revolution. Hameiri immigrated to Palestine in 1921, joined the staff of the daily Haaretz, and was editor of several literary and cultural journals. In 1932, he founded the first social satirical theater in Hebrew in Tel Aviv. Hameiri wrote well over 30 books, including poetry, novels, short stories, non-fiction and children’s books. He was awarded the Bialik Institute Prize (1936), the Nordau Prize (1945), the Miriam Talphir Prize (1965) and the Israel Prize (1968).

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