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Bontshe became a synonym for the passive and humble Eastern European Jew who is not able to defend himself. The name goes back to Bontshe shvayg ("Bontshe the silent," 1927), a satirical short story by I. L. Peretz (1852–1915) published in 1894. Together with several other works published in the early 1890s, it catapulted Peretz – hitherto an unimportant Hebrew poet of late Haskalah and early Zionism – to the top of contemporary Yiddish literatur…

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Dan Miron, New York, “Bontshe”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0110>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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