MOYSHE (MOSHE) BASOK (July 26, 1907-February 19, 1966)
Born in Kovno, Lithuania. In 1920 he settled with his parents in Vilna. He studied in the Slobodker yeshiva, and general subjects with a private tutor. He began writing at age 13-14. In 1926 he published his first piece, a poem in Haolam (The world). He contributed to: Dos vort (The word) in Warsaw, and in such Hebrew publications as Heḥaluts (The pioneer) in Poland. He made aliya to Israel in 1936. Among his books: Brenendike teg, lider (Torrid days, poems) (Warsaw, 1937), 27 pp.; Dos bukh fun der nay-erets-yisroeldiker poezye, antologye (Volume of poetry from the new Land of Israel, anthology) (Jerusalem, 1936), 172 pp.; and three short volumes of poetry in Hebrew. His translations into Hebrew include: H. Leyvik, Hirsh lekert, dramatishe poeme (Hirsh Lekert, dramatic poem) or Hirsh lekert, poema deramatit [in Hebrew] (Tel Aviv, 1943); and Tuvia Borzykowski, Tsvishn falndike vent (Between tumbling walls) or Ben kirot noflim [in Hebrew] (Tel Aviv, 1950), 222 pp. Over the years 1932-1936, he edited publications for Heḥaluts, Yediot (News), and the Heḥaluts supplement to Dos vort. In Israel he edited for “Hakibbutz hameuchad” publishers. Among his pen names: M. B., M. Bik, Moshe Udar, Moshe and Kinorot. He was living in Ashdot Yaakov in Israel, where he died.