This day in Jewish history / 'Children of the Ghetto' premieres in New York, gets skewered
Previews of very Jewish universalist's play went great, which made the critics' savage take all the more surprising.
On October 16, 1899, the play “Children of the Ghetto,” by Israel Zangwill, had its New York premiere performance. The play, an adaptation of Zangwill’s 1892 novel of the same name, tells the story of immigrant Jews living in the crowded ghetto of London’s East End earlier in the 19th century. It is based on Zangwill’s own childhood there and was the author’s first full-length stage play, the first of...
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