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Rachel the Poetess To Appear on New Israeli Banknotes

Culture on your currency – the Bank of Israel has chosen poets over politicians.

Rachel the Poetess, or Rachel Bluwstein as she was born, was one of those tragic artists who didn’t receive nearly enough recognition in her lifetime. Well now, she has been given the ultimate mark of prestige: her image is to appear on new Israeli banknotes.

Russian-born Rachel, born in 1909, was a Zionist pioneer and prolific writer, but died from tuberculosis at age 40. She died alone, having needed to leave the kibbutz where she lived because her illness meant she could no longer endure the physical work. You can see a short biography here

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Rachel the Poetess To Appear on New Israeli Banknotes

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