Tuesday 18 August 2015


ARI-LEYB GLAZMAN (1912-August 18, 1941)
            He was born in Posvol (Pasvalys), Lithuania, into a commercial family.  He received a Jewish and a secular education.  He graduated from the Hebrew high school in Ponevezh (Panevezys).  He began writing at an early age in Hebrew and in Yiddish.  He was part of a Lithuanian group of young modernist writers.  He contributed to Ketuvim (Hagiographa) in Tel Aviv (edited by A. Shteynman and Shlonski).  He was a regular contributor to Idishe shtime (Jewish voice) in Kovno (edited by R. Rubinshteyn), in which he published political articles and stories.  He also contributed to the Hebrew publication Peta (Entrance), which the group with this same name published.  In the literary collection Paam (Time) (Kovno, 1933), he published Hebrew poems, and it was noted there that the group was preparing to bring out its Sefer shirim (Volume of poetry).  Until WWI, he was creative in Hebrew as well as in Yiddish, as a current events writer and as a journalist.  In the collection Toyern (Goals) (Kovno, 1937), He contributed a powerful novella entitled “Taibe fligls toyt” (Dove wing’s death), and an afterword entitled “Toyern” in which he discussed the stated aims of the collection.  His volume of novellas was published in Kovno in 1939: Fentster tsu der velt (Window on the world).  In 1940 he was coeditor of the literary anthology Ringen (Links), and contributed a story entitled “Volkns zamlen zikh” (Clouds gathering).  Together with 534 other Jews from the Kovno ghetto, he was shot at the Fourth Fort, close to the Kovno suburb of Panemun.

Sources: Chronicle in Foroys (Warsaw) (March 3, 1939); Y. Bashevis, “Ringen” (Links), Tsukunft (New York) (July 1940); N. Y. Gotlib, in Lite (Lithuania) anthology (New York, 1951); N. Grinblat, in Lite.

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