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A humorous entertainment genre that gained fame in interwar Poland. As a part of the “Jewish” repertoire of cabaret and variété theatre, whose creators were predominantly Jewish, shmontses (Yidd.; trifles, joke, nonsense) in the form of songs, satires, and sketches, enjoyed great popularity with the Polish audience, who, despite growing antisemitism, understood the characters portrayed as universally valid…

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Andreas, Knut, “Shmontses”, 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 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0805>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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