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MALACHI — DAVID FRISCHMAN
After World War I Frischman settled in Berlin where he died
on the tenth day of Av (August 4, 1922).
When Frischman’s pamphlet
Tohu va-vohu
appeared one Hebrew
writer cried enthusiastically: “A brilliant star has appeared in
the heavens of our literature! Boerne and Heine in German, and
Frischman in Hebrew!” Indeed, these two great German writers
were Frischman’s idols from his youth. He studied and was in-
fluenced considerably by them. The lyric note, the satire, and
the sarcasm in his work are reminiscent of Boerne. However,
even more than Frischman was influenced by the moderns, he
was nourished by the sources of the Bible and popular Jewish
legend. No writer was as complete a master of biblical style as
Frischman; magically he wove together lovely biblical stories which
after his death were assembled and published under the title
Ba-midbar
(Berlin, 1923).