Thursday, 24 March 2016


LIPE HELER (1915-1990)
            He was born in Dukor (Dukora), Byelorussia.  He was a poet whose birth surname was Kahan.  He received a Jewish education, graduating from a middle school and the literature faculty of the Minsk Pedagogical Institute.  He was a teacher of Yiddish language and literature.  From 1952 he was living in Smolensk.  He debuted in print in 1928 with poems in Yunger leninets (Young Leninist) and Yunger arbeter (Young laborer), later publishing in the journal Shtern (Star) in Minsk and the daily newspaper Oktyaber (October) in Minsk.  He was the author of Geburt (Birth), poetry (Minsk: State Publishers, 1934), 68 pp., in which he celebrated the Soviet authorities.  He disappeared for a long period of time from 1937.  After this long interruption, He placed poems in Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) and Birebidzhaner shtern (Birobidzhan star).  He died in Minsk.

Sources: Oktyaber (Minsk) 263 (1934); N. Rubinshteyn, Dos yidishe bukh in sovetn-farband in 1934 (The Yiddish book in the Soviet Union in 1934) (Minsk, 1936), p. 36

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 222.]

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