„A people's memory is history; and as a man without a memory, so a people without a history cannot grow wiser, better.“

—  I. L. Peretz, Vegn Geshichte, 1890. Alle Verk, xii. 35.
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Escritor, poeta e teatrólogo em língua iídiche 1852 - 1915

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