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FISHMAN / YUDEL MARK:
1897-1975
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nally appear, he will find Mark to represent much of what was
at the very heart of the Yiddishist-secularist revolution, as well
as much of what it produced at its very best. In addition, Mark
also
interpreted that milieu to itself,
showed it its own deepest
roots, its own most genuine longings, its own surest route to
eternity as part of the perennial Jewish urge for a uniquely
creative cultural continuity. Mark clearly recognized the built-
in tension between creativity and continuity, but he would not
have one without the other. In all his passions, Mark combined
both creativity and continuity and if there be a tension between
them, this was for Mark, as it is for all of us, a most creative
and worthwhile tension indeed.