YANKEV MANDELBOYM (1922-March 26, 1945)
He was born in Lodz, Poland. He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva. He later worked as knitter. With the outbreak of WWII, he left for Soviet Russia. He worked in a coal mine in Donbas (Donbass), later traveling to Inner Asia. He was drafted into the Soviet Russian and later into the Polish army, survived through numerous battles, was among those who liberated Lodz, and subsequently contributed to fighting en route to Berlin, and there he fell in the fighting against the Germans. Mandelboym published mood poetry in Nayer folksblat (New people’s newspaper) in Lodz (1938-1939). At the time of his burial, in his sack was found a notebook with Yiddish poetry on Holocaust motifs (written with a crayon); one poem therein was published by Shoshane Taube (who was a witness to his death) in her book Di umfargeslekhe, fartseykhnungen (The unforgotten, notes) (Baltimore, 1948), p. 32.
Khayim Leyb Fuks