Sunday 30 June 2019


LEYB REYZEN (b. October 20, 1910)
            He was born in Grodno.  During WWII he fled to join the partisans.  In 1948 he emigrated to New Zealand and in 1973 to Israel.  He began writing for Grodner lebn (Grodno life) in 1937.  He later published memoirs, humorous sketches and polemical articles in: Oystralishe yidishe nayes (Australian Jewish news) and Yidishe nayes (Jewish news) in Melbourne, Grodner opklangen (Grodno echoes) in Buenos Aires, and Folksblat (People’s newspaper), Heymish (Familiar), and Letste nayes (Latest news) in Tel Aviv.  He was honored by Yad Vashem for his war memoirs (in manuscript).  His pen names: Ben Nosn, Reb Leyb, and A. Grodner.  He was last living in Ra’anana, Israel.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 509.

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