Sholem Asch

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Birthday
1, 1880
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Jun 10, 1957 (76)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
1, 1880
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Jun 10, 1957 (76)

About

Polish-born Yiddish author who described Jewish life in the antisemitic Ukraine. He wrote Kiddush ha-Shem, one of the earliest books in modern Yiddish literature.

Before Fame

He was educated in Kutno, Poland in his younger years. He later moved to Wloclawek, where he supported himself by serving as a letter writer for illiterate townspeople.

Trivia

His 1907 drama, God of Vengeance, was performed on Broadway and resulted in the arrest of the entire cast on obscenity charges.

Family Life

When he moved to Warsaw, he married Mathilde Shapiro. His two sons, Moses and Nathan, had careers in music and literature, respectively.

Associated With

His son, Moses, founded Folkways Records, which produced the early recordings of singer Woody Guthrie.