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Hinde Esther Kreitman, née Singer, was born into a devout and literary Jewish family in Poland. Both her father, a rabbi, and her mother were great storytellers, and her younger brothers Israel Joshua Singer and and Isaac Bashevis Singer became famous writers. Esther received only the limited, traditional education for a a Jewish girl of her era, but she she managed to learn to read several languages and became interested in world literature. She attended some free evening classes in Warsaw, where the family moved in 1910. In Warsaw she also belonged for some time to a socialist political discussion and debate group. She began to write at an early age. In 1912, Esther accepted an arranged marriage to Avraham Kreitman, a diamond cutter, and went to live with him in Antwerp. The couple had a son, Morris Kreitman, who became a journalist and writer under the names Maurice Carr and Martin Lea. World War I caused the family to flee to London. After the disintegration of her marriage in 1926, Esther Kreitman divided her time between London and Warsaw, struggling to support herself by writing, translating and public speaking. She translated the works of Dickens and Shaw into Yiddish, and published her own stories in Yiddish-language magazines. Her first published novel was Der Sheydim-Tants (The Devils' Dance, 1936); it was translated by her son in 1946 as Deborah. Her second novel, Brilyantn (Diamonds), was published in 1944. Yikhes (Lineage), was a collection of short stories published in 1949; translated by Dorothee van Tendeloo, it appeared in English as Blitz and Other Stories in 2004.
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