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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Shelly Zer-Zion, Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater). Jerusalem: Magnes, 2015. 282 pp.

Shelly Zer-Zion, Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater). Jerusalem: Magnes, 2015. 282 pp.

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Shelly Zer-Zion, Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater). Jerusalem: Magnes, 2015. 282 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0036

This chapter reviews the book Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater) (2015), by Shelly Zer-Zion. Habima in Berlin tells the story of Habima, Israel’s national theater company. Zer-Zion explores Habima’s European and overseas tour during the period 1926–1931, and especially its extended stay in Berlin, arguing that Habima drew its inspiration from two separate and distinct theatrical models—not only that of Russia but also one that was rooted in the German-Jewish spirit of Bildung. Instead of focusing on the company’s theatrical productions, Zer-Zion takes a more historical approach, documenting the brutal end of German–Jewish dialogue in the early 1930s, the relocation of Habima to Palestine, and its role as a refuge for German Jewish actors and creators who fled Germany.

Keywords:   Theater, Habima beBerlin, Habima in Berlin, Shelly Zer-Zion, Israel, Russia, Bildung, Palestine, German Jewish actors

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