Tuesday 19 May 2015


ARN GOLDBLAT (February 22, 1897-November 9, 1973)
            He was born in Kovno, Lithuania.  He studied in religious primary school and in a yeshiva.  During WWI, he was evacuated with his parents to the Crimea.  He returned to Kovno in 1922, and the following year he published poems for the first time in the periodical Vispe (Islet) in Kovno.  In 1929 he moved to France.  He published poems in Yidishe shtime (Jewish voice) in Kovno, in Di vokh (The week) and Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves) in Warsaw, and in Kiem (Survival) in Paris.  Among his books: Vortslen (Roots), poems (Kovno, 1927); A zang tsvishn zangn, poetry (A song among songs, poetry) (Paris, 1966), 123 pp.  He was living in France until 1967 when he moved to Israel.  He died in Petaḥ Tikva.

Sources: N. Grinblat, in Yidishe shtime (Kovno, 1927); Sh. Z., in Literarishe bleter (Kovno, 1927); N. Y. Gotlib, in Zamlbukh lite (Anthology Lithuania), vol. 1 (New York, 1951), pp. 1101, 1103-4.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 132.]

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