Monday 19 May 2014


VOLF H. IVAN (W. H. IWAN) (b. 1913)
Born in Lodz.  He attended public school and was a laborer.  Until 1939 he was active among leftist young laborers.  When the Nazis occupied Lodz, he fled to Bialystok.  From 1940 to 1945, he was in Russia, and in 1945 he was back in Lodz.  He was a contributor to the Jewish Historical Commission (Lodz) and the Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw).  He began to publish poems in Nayer folksblat (New People’s paper) in 1937.  He contributed poems and short articles concerning literary issues, as well as concerning the writings of Yiddish writers that he found in the Lodz ghetto in Dos naye lebn (The new life), Folks-shtime (Voice of the people), Yidishe shrift (Yiddish writings), and Oyfgang (Arise), among others.  His books include: In loyf fun teg (The flow of days) (Lodz, 1938); and Af heymisher erd (On home ground) (Warsaw, 1950), 31 pp.

Dr. L. Zhitnitski, in IKUF (Buenos Aires) (March-April 1948); B. Heler, in Folks-shtime (Poland), no. 11 (172) (1950); Sh. Lastik, Mitn ponem tsum morgn (With one’s face to the morning) (Warsaw, 1952), pp. 191-94.


  1. Onasovitch, Yitzhak, Fotografies fun farn mabl (Di Prese, B.A. Aug. 7, 1954).

  2. Vilner, Sh. An interesanter poetisher debiut-vegn nor vos dershinenem bikhl lider fun V.H. Ivan. (Oyfgang, Warsaw) Jan.-Feb. 1951, p.11.