Tuesday 6 December 2016


KHANE (HANNAH) YAKUBOVITSH (1920-late August 1944)
            She was born in Lodz, Poland, into a working-class family.  In 1938 she graduated from a Polish Jewish high school and until September 1939 worked in an office in Lodz.  She began writing poetry in Polish in her high school years.  In 1938 she debuted in print with a lyrical poem in Yiddish in Grine bleter (Green leaves) in Lodz, and thereafter contributed work as well to Nayer folksblat (New people’s newspaper) in 1938-1939, and to the collection of the young writers’ group Kvaln (Springs) in Lodz (1939).  In the Lodz ghetto she was a member of the writers’ group that assembled around Miriam Ulinover.  She composed Yiddish and Polish poetry.  Her Yiddish-language ghetto poems excelled in a richness of language and expression.  In August 1944, at the time of the liquidation of the ghetto, she was deported to Auschwitz and murdered there.

Sources: Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957), p. 270; information from A. Yoakhimovitsh in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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