Wednesday 4 February 2015


The poet Rivka Basman recounts: “While I was in the women’s [concentration] camp in Riga, by chance I was able to communicate with a Jewish writer from a second camp by the name of A. Blokh….  Until this day, I have heard nothing further from him.  Our entire communication was expressed in covert letters in the form of poems.  In those horrific times, his poem-letters enabled me to breathe with hope, faith, and much consolation.  Our literary contact was abruptly cut off, and the unknown author has remained for me until today a sad and warm remembrance.”

Source: From a letter address to us by R. Basman referring to the years 1942-1943.

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