BELA SHAGAL (BELLA ROSENFELD CHAGALL) (December 15, 1895-September 2, 1944)
She was the author of stories, born in Vitebsk, Byelorussia, and the wife of Marc Chagall. She graduated from a women’s high school in Vitebsk and university in Moscow. In 1922 she was living in Paris. She published two volumes of memoirs: Brenendike likht (Burning light) (New York: Fraternaler folks-ordn, 1945), 254 pp., in English translation by Norbert Guterman as Burning Lights (1946); and Di ershte bagegenish (The first meeting) (New York: Fraternaler folks-ordn, 1947), 230 pp.—both volumes were published in French translations (1947). She also translated into French Marc Chagall’s Ma vie (My life). She died in New York.
With her husband Marc
Sources: Elkhonen Vogler, in Di goldene keyt (Tel Aviv) 28 (1957); Leyvik Khanukov, Literarishe eseyen (Literary essays) (New York, 1960), pp. 68-74; Yitskhok-Elkhonen Rontsh, in Morgn frayhayt (New York) (September 3, 1964).