Yosef Haim Brenner, 1881-1921

Born in Ukraine, Brenner emerged as the leading Hebrew literary figure in Palestine in the early 20th century. He joined the Bund, a Jewish socialist movement, as a young man and became a Zionist who made aliyah at age 28. He thrived as a novelist, poet, political commentator and essayist, often featuring pessimistic realism. Brenner was killed by Arab rioters in Jaffa in 1921.

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