Friday 13 January 2017


MALKE COHEN (April 15, 1897-May 22, 1961)
            She was born in Libashe, near Pinsk, Byelorussia.  She was married to Tsvi Cohen.  In 1906 she moved with her family to the United States and settled in Chicago, where she completed high school and then the humanities faculty of the University of Chicago.  She gave public lectures on Yiddish and English-language literature.  She wrote articles on women’s issues and on literature in Der idisher kuryer (The Jewish courier) in Chicago (1934-1943), thereafter in Amerikaner (American) until 1948.  Over the years 1951-1956, she ran the women’s supplement to Tog (Day) in New York, and there she published articles under the pen names: Malke, M. K., Malke Kohn, Sore Kenig, and Rokhl Berman.  In manuscript she left a book in Yiddish and English, entitled Fun a froy tsu froyen (From a woman to women).

Sources: Forverts and Tog-morgn-zhurnal (both, New York) (May 23, 1961).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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