Sunday, 28 May 2017


ROKHL LEVIN (b. October 14, 1914)
            She was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine.  She survived the pogroms of 1918-1920 in a children’s home for war orphans.  In 1922 she arrived in New York where she attended an English elementary school, Workmen’s Circle middle school, and the Jewish teachers’ seminary.  She graduated in 1933 from Hunter College and went on to study at the Art Student League in New York where she specialized in woven tapestries (several of which were on display at the annual exhibition of the League in 1962).  For a time she worked as a typist for Dr. Chaim Zhitlovsky, later as a secretary for the American division of YIVO.  Over the years 1934-1952, she was editorial secretary for Tog (Day) in New York, where she published—in addition to articles and music reviews—translations from English and in the English section from the newspaper.  She also translated a number of newspaper novels.  She ran the Sunday women’s page (1956-1957) of Tog-morgn-zhurnal (Day-morning journal).  She also contributed articles and stories to Eynikeyt (Unity) (1947-1952) and Yidishe kultur (Jewish culture)—in New York—among others.  Over the years 1953-1957, she wrote Yiddish programs for the radio station WEVD and for a English-language Jewish television program.  From 1958 she was working as administrative secretary for the Committee for Yiddish in high schools in New York.  She also published under such pen names as: Evelyn Goldin and Eva Gamelet.  She was last living in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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