Wednesday, 22 May 2019

JENNY RATNER-BERKOVITSH


JENNY RATNER-BERKOVITSH (b. 1881)
            She was a poetess, born in Dvinsk (Dinaburg, Daugavpils), Latvia.  She was orphaned at age nine.  She worked in a factory.  In 1895 she came to New York and in 1901 to Denver, Colorado.  She was active in the labor movement.  She was writing poems twenty years before she first published any in Der amerikaner (The American) in 1921.  She later published poetry and stories in: Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Veker (Alarm), Frayhayt (Freedom), Kalifornyer yidishe shtime (Jewish voice of California), and other serials.  In her youth she published articles from time to time in: Abend-blatt (Evening newspaper), Forverts (Forward), and Fraye arbeter shtime.  Her work also appeared in Nakhmen Mayzil’s Amerike in yidishn vort (America in the Yiddish word) (New York, 1955).

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4.
Berl Cohen


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