BEYLE SHEKHTER-GOTESMAN (SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN) (August 7, 1920-November 28, 2013)
She was a poetess, born in Vienna, the sister of Mordkhe Schaechter. In 1922 her family moved to Czernowitz. She attended a Romanian school, later studying painting in Vienna until 1938. During WWII she was confined in a ghetto and concentration camp. From 1951 she was living in New York, studying at the Jewish teachers’ seminary, and working as a teacher. She published children’s poems and stories in: Kinder-zhurnal (Children’s magazine) which she edited from 1973; Kinder tsaytung (Children’s newspaper), and Pedagogisher buleten (Peadagogical bulletin), as well as Afn shvel (At the threshold), Di goldene keyt (The golden chain), Derekh (Pathway), Veker (Alarm), Svive (Environs), and Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor). In book form: Mir forn (We’re traveling), poetry (New York, 1963), 16 pp.; Stezhkes tsvishn moyern (Trails between walls), poetry (Tel Aviv: Yisroel-bukh, 1972), 82 pp.; Sharey (Dawn), poetry (New York: Matones, 1980), 115 pp.; and many more. She died in the Bronx, New York.
Sources: Yitskhok Paner, in Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (May 27, 1972); Simkhe Lev, in Svive (New York) (September 1872); Moyshe Yungman, in Di goldene keyt (Tel Aviv) 78 (1973); Avrom Shulman, in Tsukunft (New York) 2 (1973).