Pavel Antokolsky

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Pavel Antokolsky
Born Pavel Grigoryevich Antokolsky
(1896-07-01)1 July 1896
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died 9 October 1978(1978-10-09) (aged 82)
Moscow, USSR
Occupation poet
Nationality Russian

Pavel Grigoryevich Antokolsky (Russian: Па́вел Григо́рьевич Антоко́льский; IPA: [ˈpavʲɪl ɡrʲɪˈɡorʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ɐntɐˈkolʲskʲɪj]; July 1, 1896, St. Petersburg, Russia – October 9, 1978, Moscow, USSR) was a Russian poet and theatre director. His father was a nephew of sculptor Mark Antokolsky.

In the 1930s, Antokolsky worked as a director in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. During the WWII, he ran a front theatre and was awarded a Stalin Prize for a long poem about the Germans killing his son. After the war, he managed a theatre in Tomsk. His poem, "All we who in his name..." was written in 1956, the year of Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" condemning Stalinism, and widely circulated among student groups in the 1950s.

Among other works, Pavel Antokolsky translated in Russian Le Dernier jour d'un condamne and Le roi s'amuse, by Victor Hugo.

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