MORTKHE (MORDCHAI) SARNA (b. 1917)
He was born in Sandomierz, Kielce district, Poland. Until WWII he was active in Zionist youth organizations. Over the years 1940-1945, he survived various Nazi death camps and ghettos, such as the “24th” extermination camp in Lemberg. He later lived in Cracow, Warsaw, Rovno, and Paris. He was the author of: In di orems fun toyt (In the arms of death), stories and poems of Jewish resistance against the Nazis in the ghettos of Poland and in the woods (Paris, 1946), 225 pp., with a preface by the author and illustrations by A. Vayts—included in this book were the songs, “Nekome” (Revenge), “Partizaner-lid” (Partisan song), “Ikh zukh a tikn” (I’m looking for redress), and “Vu zayt ir geven?” (Where were you?), which were sung in the ghettos and camps of Poland; Shturem-geviksn (Storm plants) (Tel Aviv, 1958), 485 pp.—“This book,” noted Dr. B. Orenshteyn, “contains a great number of dramatic episodes of physical and spiritual struggle, which WWII brought about.”
Sources: Di tsukunft (New York) (December 1946); Dr. B. Orenshteyn, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (June 30, 1952; September 1, 1958); Biblyografye fun yidishe bikher vegn khurbn un gvure (Bibliography of Yiddish books concerning the Holocaust and heroism) (New York, 1962), p. 164.
Khayim Leyb Fuks