Monday, 8 July 2019


VELVL REDKO (August 1918-1941)
            He was a poet, born in Linets (Ilintsy), Ukraine.  He graduated from the Yiddish department of Moscow pedagogical institute.  He worked in Kiev on the editorial board of the newspaper Der shtern (The star).  He did not apparently take up a teaching post, for in 1941 he was mobilized and died in the first battles on the Soviet-German front.  He began write literary works in the latter half of the 1930s.  In addition to poetry, he wrote literary critical articles.  His first poems were published in Onheyb, almanakh fun shrayber onfanger (Beginning, almanac of starting writers) (Kiev, 1940).  Of his few published poems during his life and after his death (in Sovetish heymland [Soviet homeland] in Moscow 3 [1963] and 2 [1979]), one can see here a poet with talent died too young.
Khayim Maltinski

[Additional information from: 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), p. 367.]

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