Sunday, 7 July 2019


GRIGORI RIKLIN (1894-1973)
            He was a poet and prose writer, born in the village of Litovsk, Chernigov Province.  In 1918, while living in Homel, he was contributor and later an editor of the newspaper Komunister vegn (Communist way); he was also publishing poetry, notes, and articles in the Communist Yiddish press in Byelorussia.  From 1924 he was living in Moscow.  He was for many years a feature writer for Moscow’s Pravda (Truth) and Izvestiya (News), as well as a contributor to the satirical Krokodil (Crocodile) of which he was editor-in-chief (1938-1948).  Using the pen name Hirshl Riklin, he placed poems in a collection of poetry which was published in 1921 in Homel, and also contributing to it were Khayim Gitlin, Dovid Oytkes, Sonye Gurevitsh, and Ilishe Rodin.  In book form: Dertseylungen vegn grenetsler (Tales of frontier guards) (Moscow: Emes, 1938), 131 pp.; Di sosnove shishke (The pine conifer) (Minsk: State Publ., 1939), 26 pp.  He died in Moscow.
Khayim Maltinski

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 553; and Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 366-67.]

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