Emil Dorian, a Romanian Jew, was born in 1893. As his parents were unable to pay the tuition that the public schools required of “foreigners,” he received his early education in Yiddish classrooms. Yet by the age of 18 he had published poems in Romanian, and Romanian translations of Heine. In time he enrolled in medical school in Bucharest and became a physician. In 1937, when he was 44 years old, he began to keep a diary, and continued it until his death in 1956.
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