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Illés Kaczér

Illés Kaczér was a Hungarian author and journalist noted for writing on a range of Jewish themes from biblical times to religious family conflict.

Kaczér (born October 9, 1887; died March 21, 1980) was born Ignatius Stephen Stern, in the town of Szatmár, Hungary. He began his career in provincial journalism before starting to write for Budapest newspapers. Later, into his carerer, he made his name as a novelist and playwright, and his dramas enjoyed considerable success in Hungary during the 1920s.

By the 1920's, however, as a result of the revolution of 1918–19, he left the country and went to live first in Vienna and later in Berlin, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. In 1938 he moved to London but in 1959, at which time he was already established as a contributor of stories and essays to the Hungarian-language newspaper Uj Kelet, Kaczer made his home in Israel.

Kacźer was noted for his powerful treatment of Jewish themes, ranging from biblical times to the era of social and religious family conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries. His works include the novel Khafrit, az egyiptomi asszony (1916); the play Megjött a Messiás (1921); Ikongo nem hal meg (1936); Fear Not, My Servant Jacob (1947); and The Siege of Jericho (1949), originally published in London as The Siege, 2 vols; and Három a csillag (1956).

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.