Thursday 14 April 2016


ROKHL VOLINSKI (1894-1944)
            The wife of writer Emanuel Volinski, she was born in Lodz into a poor Hassidic family.  In her youth she entered the work force, and she joined the Bund.  She was a well-known speaker and activist in the Jewish trade union movement, primarily among Jewish women.  In 1921 she left the Bund and became active in leftist Jewish circles.  She published articles mainly on socialist women’s issues in the publications of the leftwing labor groups.  She was confined in the Lodz ghetto where she belonged to a group of writers around Miriam Ulinover, writing lyrical poetry.  In August 1944 during the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto, she was deported to Auschwitz and together with her writings perished in the crematorium.

Sources: A. Ayzenbakh, in Yidishe shriftn (Yiddish writings) (Lodz, 1948); B. Mark, Umgekumene shrayber fun di getos un lagern (Murdered writers from the ghettos and camps) (Warsaw, 1954), p. 161; Kh. L. Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957).

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