Monday, 21 March 2016

OVADYE HAKOHEN

OVADYE HAKOHEN (1905-Passover 1943)
            This was the pen name of Dovid Kon.  He was born in Tshenstokhov (Częstochowa), Poland, into a wealthy, Hassidic family.  He received his baccalaureate as an external student.  He later worked as a businessman, before leaving commerce and embracing Hassidism; he became engrossed in the religious texts of R. Nakhmen of Bratslav, and under their influence he set out to write stories on his own.  He published poetry as well in free verse and essays in: Dos yudishe togblat (The Jewish daily newspaper) in Warsaw; Beys yankev (House of Jacob) in Lodz; Tshenstokhover tsaytung (Częstochowa newspaper); Ortodoksishe yugnt-bleter (Orthodox youth pages) in Warsaw; and in Hebrew, Darkenu (Our way) in Warsaw, of which he was co-editor.  He was confined in the Częstochowa ghetto, from which in 1942 he was deported to the Skarzysko labor camp, and there he died.

Source: Antologye fun religyeze lider un detseylungen (Anthology of religious poetry and stories) (New York, 1955), p. 450.


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