KHANE (HANNAH) GERSON-RABINOVITSH (1898-1944)
She was born in Lask (Łask), near Lodz, Poland, into a wealthy Hassidic family. She received a traditional Jewish education and thereafter studied in a high school and with private tutors. From her youth she was active in the Zionist women’s organization “Beit Am” in Lodz.
Her first poems, on Biblical themes, were published in Yugend (Youth) in Lodz in 1918, and they later appeared in such serials as: Lodzher tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper), Lodzher folksblat (Lodz people’s newspaper), Oyfgang (Arise), Idishe prese (Jewish press), Di yetstike tsayt (Present times), Der yidisher zhurnalist (The Jewish journalist), and Gezangen (Song)—all in Lodz; and Haynt (Today) and Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves) in Warsaw. In August 1944, during the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto, she was evacuated to Auschwitz and there murdered.
Sources: Ezra Korman, Yidishe dikhterins (Jewish women poets) (Chicago, 1928), pp. 109-11, 341; P. Z. Gliksman, Ir lask veḥakhameha (The city of Lask and its sages) (Lodz, 1926), concerning her father Yankev-Yitskhok Gerson; Kh. L. Fuks, Fun noentn over 3 (New York, 1957).
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