Sunday 10 February 2019


DOVID KON (1905-Passover 1943)
            He was a journalist and author of stories, born in Częstochowa, Poland, who wrote under the pen name of Ovadye Hakoyen.  He studied in yeshiva and general subject matter as well.  He received his baccalaureate as an external student.  He later worked as a businessman, before leaving commerce and embracing Hassidism; he became engrossed in the religious texts of R. Nakhmen of Bratslav, and under their influence he set out to write stories on his own.  He published impressions on the devout way of life, as well as free verse and essays, in: Dos yudishe togblat (The Jewish daily newspaper) in Warsaw, Beys yankev zhurnal (Beys Yankev journal) in Lodz, Ortodoksishe yugnt bleter (Orthodox youth pages) in Warsaw, and over the years 1936-1938 he was connected to Tshenstokhover tsaytung (Częstochowa newspaper).  In Hebrew, he served as co-editor of Darkhenu (Our pathway).  He died in the Skarżysko concentration camp.

Source: Moyshe Prager, Antologye fun religyeze lider un dertseylungen (Anthology of religious poems and stories) (New York, 1955), pp. 450-65.
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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