Thursday 12 April 2018


AVROM SILKES (b. June 8, 1918)
            The brother of Genye Silkes, he was born in Brisk (Brest), Lithuania.  He graduated from a Polish high school in Warsaw, where he lived until WWII.  When the Germans were approaching Warsaw in 1939, he fled to Brisk, and later lived in Vitebsk, Tashkent, and Chelyabinsk.  He studied for a time at the pedagogical institute in Vitebsk and later at the Tashkent Institute for Foreign Languages.  In 1946 he returned to Poland and was a contributor to the archives of the Jewish Historical Institute.  He subsequently moved to Paris and pursued literary studies at the Sorbonne, while at the same time contributing to and for a time serving as secretary for the journal Kiem (Existence) in Paris.  He began writing for Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris in 1952 and remained a contributor his whole life.  He also placed work in: Unzer vort (Our word) and Arbeter-vort (Workers’ word) in Paris; Loshn un lebn (Language and life) in London; and Letste nayes (Latest news) in Tel Aviv; as well as in the Francophone Jewish press in Paris.  In book form: A shtot afn bug (A city on the Bug [River]) (Paris, 1963), 157 pp.  He was last living in Paris.

Source: B. Sh. in Unzer shtime (Paris) (June 22-23, 1963).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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