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Tene, Benjamin


TENE, BENJAMIN (1914–1999), Hebrew poet. Born in Warsaw, Tene settled in Ereẓ Israel in 1937. His first poems appeared in the Warsaw publication Ha-Shomer ha-Ẓa'ir (1933). His subsequent work was published in He-Atid and in the Israel press.

Tene's books of poetry include Mekhorah (1939); Massa ba-Galil (1941); Temolim al ha-Saf (1947); Shirim u-Fo'emot (1967); and two books of poetry for children, Dani Dan u-Telat Ofan (1952), and Keẓir ha-Pele (1957). His two books of folktales for children are Leket Pele and Ẓeror Pela'im (both in 1968). His translations into Hebrew include several books of poetry and collections of Polish and Soviet prose, several children's books, and I. *Manger's Shirim u-Valladot (1968). From 1948, Tene was editor of Mishmar li-Yladim. His memoir of a childhood in Poland before World War ii appeared in English, In the Shade of the Chestnut Tree (1981).


Kressel, Leksikon 1 (1967), 27. add. bibliography: M. Regev, "Yoman Sheme-Ever la-Zeman," in: Ma'agalei Keriah, 10–11 (1984), 123–30; idem, "Al Shetei Yeẓirot," in: Sifrut Yeladim ve-No'ar, 11:2–3 (1985), 43–46.

[Getzel Kressel]

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