Tuesday, 5 January 2016


KHAYIM BABITS (b. October 10, 1908)
            He was born in Warsaw, Poland, descended from a poor Hassidic home.  In 1914 his family moved to Novidvor (Nowy Dwór), where he learned the art of carpentry.  He was active in the Bund.  He was arrested in 1940 by the Soviet authorities and exiled to the Gulag for fourteen years.  He described his experiences in a volume entitled Fun krokhmalne biz kolima (From Krochmalne [Street] to Kolyma) (Tel Aviv: Yisroel-bukh, 1985), 245 pp.  He was living in Israel in 1956.

Source: A. Thorn, in Unzer tsayt (New York) (November 1985).

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 48, 539.

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