Wednesday 4 February 2015


ANNA BLOKH (b. 1901)
She was born in Mir, Minsk district, and studied with a teacher to learn to write Yiddish, as well as a little Hebrew, and later she attended a Russian public school.  She was early on orphaned and worked as a tailor.  In 1913 she moved with her mother to London where she had an uncle, and there she worked in a tailor’s shop.  In 1915 she made her way to Cape Town, South Africa, and in 1918 she settled in Johannesburg.  In 1921 she published a short book of poems entitled Poezye fun a litvisher meydl in afrika (Poetry by a Lithuanian young woman in Africa).

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; Ezra Korman, Yidishe dikhterins, antologye (Yiddish women poets, an anthology) (Chicago, 1928), pp. 131-32, 339-40.

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