Monday 25 January 2016


KALMAN GOLDVASER (April 2, 1897-October 10, 1976)
            He was born in Bialystok, Poland.  He studied in his father’s religious elementary school.  In 1911 he moved to Warsaw.  During WWII, he was in Soviet camps.  In 1946 he returned to Poland and in 1948 moved to Paris.  He was active in the Bund.  He wrote for Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris and other newspapers as well.  In book form: Fun der vaysl bizn taykh kizl-su, iberlebungen beys di yorn fun der tsveyter velt-milkhome (From the Vistula to the Kizil-su River, experiences during the years of WWII) (Paris, 1972), 360 pp.  A second, completed volume did not see the light of day.  He died in Paris.

Sources: F. Lerner, in Di prese (Buenos Aires) (March 7, 1973); Azet, in Unzer shtime (Paris) (October 22, 1976).

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 136-37.


  1. May I correct a minor error; My uncle Kalmen Goldwasser was not born in Bialystok but in Bialobrzegi, in the Radom district. We are in process of translating his book into English and are trying to locate the manuscript of the second volume.

    Abe Goldwasser

  2. My misreading of the text. Many thanks for the correction.