LEYE RUDNITSKI (b. 1913)
She was a poet, born in Kalvarye (Kalvarija), Lithuania. In 1931 she graduated from a Hebrew high school in Mariampol, Lithuania. She worked with a bookkeeper in Vilkomir (Ukmergė) and from 1934 in Kovno. In 1940 she moved to Vilna. In September 1943 she was deported from the Vilna ghetto to a concentration camp in Estonia and died there. She published poetry in: Folksblat (People’s newspaper); the anthologies, Brikn (Bridges, 1937), Bleter (Sheets, 1938, 1940), and Naye bleter (New sheets, 1939); the newspaper Emes (Truth)—all in Kovno; as well as in Vilner emes (Vilna truth) (1940) and Noyekh Prilucki’s anthology Untervegns (Pathways) (Vilna, 1940). In the ghetto she wrote a booklet of poems Durkh neplen (Through fog), only a small portion of which was published. Several of her salvaged poems were published in Shmerke Katsherginski’s Dos gezang fun vilner geto (Songs from the Vilna ghetto) (Paris, 1947) and in Di goldene keyt (The golden chain) (Tel Aviv).
Sources: Information from Yankl Yosade in Vilna; Di goldene keyt (Tel Aviv) 6 (1950).
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 506.
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