Saturday 30 April 2016


GOLDE VIGDER-LEVIN (b. August 17, 1917)
            She was born in Podeloy (Podu Iloaiei), Romania, the sister of the three writing brother Shvarts.  In 1932 she moved to Czernowitz.  In 1935 she graduated from the seminary for Yiddish literature and language learning.  She was a Yiddish teacher until 1963, thereafter a teacher of Romanian studies.  From 1976 she was living in Toronto.  Over the years 1948-1958, she compiled and translated schoolbooks, as well as plays for the Yiddish state theater in Bucharest.  From 1950 she published children’s poetry and reportage pieces in Ikuf-bleter (Pages from IKUF [Jewish Cultural Association]) in Bucharest.  She compiled and translated (beginning in 1949-1950, for the Romanian State Publishing House in Bucharest): Yidishe shprakh (Yiddish language); Geshikhte fun altertum (History of antiquity); Geshikhte fun rumenye (History of Romania); Haynttsaytike geshikhte (Contemporary history); Yidishe shprakh, gramatik un ortografye, farn ershtn elementar-klas (Yiddish language, grammar and orthography for the first, elementary class) (1954), 64 pp.; Yidishe shprakh, gramatik un ortografye, farn tsveytn elementar-klas (Yiddish language, grammar and orthography for the second, elementary class) (1957), 102 pp.; Aritmetik, farn ershtn klas (Arithmetic for the first class) (1958), 152 pp.; Aritmetik, farn tsveytn klas (Arithmetic for the second class) (1958), 246 pp.

Sources: Y. Kara, Yorn yunge un vayniker yunge (Years young and not so young) (Bucharest, 1980), p. 214; Sh. Rubinger, in Bukareshter shriftn 6 (p. 122).

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 235-36.

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