It Happened Today in New York City
On May 13, 1916, the great Yiddish-language author Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, better known by his pen name Sholem Aleichem, died in the Bronx of tuberculosis and diabetes. He was 57. Popularly known as “the Jewish Mark Twain”, Aleichem wrote plays, novels, and tales of wit and charm that were known for being natural and true to life. By far, his most famous work was a collection of stories called Tevye and His Daughters, which was adapted into the enormously successful Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which opened nearly half a century after Aleichem’s death.
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