Educated at the University of Prague and the University of Vienna, Kompert began working for the Andrassy family as a tutor. He published his first story, Der Schnorrer in Sonntagsblatt in 1846. From 1848 to 1852 he was editor of the Oesterreichischer Lloyd. In 1857, he joined the Vienna Creditanstalt and became a member of the Vienna city council. Kompert's works reflect the traditional Jewish life in his native Bohemia and are an important part of Jewish literature of the time. His other works include Geschichter aus dem Ghetto (1848), Bohnusche Juden (1851), Am Pfluge (1855), Neue Geschichten aus dem Ghetto (1860), Geschichten einer Gasse (1865), Zwischen Ruinen (1873), Franzl und Heini (1880) and Verstreute Geschichten (1883).
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Christian and Leah and Other Ghetto Stories
Christian and Leah
"Debby and Her Door"
A Ghetto Violet
The Silent Woman
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