Wednesday, 24 May 2017


LEYBU LEVIN (May 5, 1914-February 7, 1983)
            He was a composer, born in Kimpeling, Bukovine.  From 1919 he was living in Czernowitz.  He studied there in a teachers’ seminary.  In 1942 he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.  From 1972 he was living in Israel.  He translated from German: Finf lider (Five songs) by the poetess Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger who was murdered at a young age (Tel Aviv, 1977), 22 pp.; and Lider (Poems), also by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (Tel Aviv, 1978), 88 pp.  He authored: In der velt fun gezangen, lider af yidish un in ivrit, Beolam hazemer (In the world of song, songs in Yiddish and in Hebrew) (Tel Aviv, 1980), 99 pp., in Yiddish and Hebrew with Levin’s melodies.  He also translated from Romanian and Russian.  He died in Hertzliya. 

Sources: Chaim Gininger, in Di vokh (Bucharest) (January 31, 1935); Y. Gelman, preface to In der velt fun gezungen; M. Vinkler, in Al hamishmar (Tel Aviv) (July 31, 1983); F. Vayninger, in Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (March 4, 1983); Leybu Levin, Shtrikhn tsu der geshtalt fun a vortkinstler (Traits of the figure of a wordsmith) (Tel Aviv, 1981).
Ruvn Goldberg

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 347.

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