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Itzhak Shenhar

יצחק שנהר

Yitzhak Shenhar (1902-1957) was born in Voltshisk, a small town on the border of Galicia and the Ukraine. He was an active member of a Zionist movement and started agricultural training before completing his studies. On his arrival in Eretz Israel in 1921, he worked as a construction worker, railman and farmer. He began writing Hebrew poetry when he was very young and his first poem was published in Eretz Israel in 1924. Shenhar taught himself European languages and literature and from 1931 devoted himself exclusively to literary activities. In addition to writing, he was a literary consultant to publishing firms, an editor and a translator (Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Rilke, etc). Shenhar died in Jerusalem.

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