|Tens of thousands attended Bialik's funeral in Tel Aviv,|
outside of the synagogue, July 16, 1934
But today many are surprised to learn that most of Bialik's life was spent in Europe. He was born in the Ukraine, attended the famous Volozhin yeshiva in Lithuania, and worked and taught in Warsaw, Berlin and Odessa before moving to Israel in 1924. Bialik's Hebrew scholarship and writing were already appreciated throughout Jewish Palestine, and in 1927 he was chosen as the head of the Hebrew Writers Union.
Bialik died in Austria in 1934 during a medical procedure. His funeral took place in Tel Aviv, and among the masses of mourners were the Christian photographers of the American Colony.