Thursday 10 September 2015


SHIMON (SHIMEN) GENS (November 11, 1907-August 19, 1967)
            He was born in Rumshishek (Rumsiskis), Lithuania.  He studied in religious elementary school, later graduating from a Hebrew high school in Kovno.  He studied law and philosophy at Kovno University.  In 1935 he settled in Israel.  He began writing in Hebrew for Galim (Waves) in Kovno, later writing about literature and theater for Yiddish newspapers in Kovno: Di yidishe shtime (The Jewish voice), Dos vort (The word), and Folksblat (People’s newspaper); as well as for the Hebrew magazines Netivot (Pathways) and Pesaḥ (Passover), and for the Israeli journals Ketuvim (Writings) and Turim (Rows).  In Tel Aviv, he contributed to: Haarets (The land), Al hamishmar (On guard), and Davar (Word).  Among his books: Hitler kore batanakh (Hitler reads the Bible) (Tel Aviv, 1940), 70 pp.; a translation from Russian into Hebrew of Mikhail Vasil’evich Vodopianov’s Polyus (The pole) as Tayase hakotev (Artic pilots) (Tel Aviv, 1940), 246 pp.  He edited the journal Petaḥ (Portal) and the anthology Paam (Pace) in Kovno, 1938.  Among his pseudonyms: Sh. Sagan, G. Shimon, and Shimon Gan.  He was living in Israel and died in Tel Aviv.

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