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King Lear
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Iconic role of the actor and director of the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre (GosET) Solomon Mikhoels (1890–1948). His production of Shakespeare’s King Lear is considered one of the outstanding interpretations of the piece; it is distinctive in its ambiguity between the affirmation of socialist realism and the critique of Stalinism. Mikhoels’s roles and productions cover a spectrum from classical drama to the shtetl-film Yidishe glikn. In their diversity and ambivale…

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Hofmann, Stefan, “King Lear”, 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 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0418>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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