his own name, and under the
initials "I.K." or "Israel
K." He also was a member of the Lodz "Dramatic Arts."
During the Second World War
he fled to Warsaw.
On 7 September 1939 K, as
his sister-in-law, the actress and writer R[ose]
Shoshana, according to her book "In Fire and Flames,"
there came a tsebrakhener, a mider, to the
foot of Lodz (which already had been taken by the
Nazis), to her in an apartment in Warsaw, and here
experienced the harsh conditions of Warsaw and the
marching in of the Nazis. Here K. put herself here to
work at the newspaper "Unzer ekspres," and about this
"My brother-in-law had
experienced with us together 50 bitter, difficult days,
and nevertheless every day was a year, and he was so
brave, so wonderful. His intercourse led me to be
encouraged, and I was encouraged. He alone, the old
editor at the last hour, was still standing on guard and
publishing the 'Unzer ekspres.' When all the others were
afraid of the artillery fire, under the banging of bombs
and shrapnel, which reigned down during the night across
the darkened streets, breaking across the barricades,
for readers to have a newspaper... when we screaming do
not go back to the editorial room, we used to ask him:
'What are you doing? Do not give up your life. No money
matters to you.' With a smile he answered: "Now, in that
time, the reader must have a newspaper... it is
prestigious for the newspaper to publish now..."
He, who had nevertheless
been afraid of the Gestapo, hot nokh mikh boroykt
and gotten the fear from me,.. He had inspired me by his
calmness. Today he traveled to Lodz. His heart faded. I
am almost virtually alone. It is frightening for me to
travel. I am afraid that he should not fall into the
hands of the Germans..."
So, indeed, it happened:
soon with his arrival in Lodz, whereto he traveled in a
bus with the hope of rescuing his wife Maria and
daughter Alika, K. was arrested by the Germans, and as
it was later heard, they had quickly shot him, but
before that with his own hand he had to dig his own
His son Alec, who had with
his wife Bela, been smuggled out, from where he later
became freed by another Polish Army, and he can now be
found in Israel. Bela, gave birth in Vilna to the first
Jewish refugee child, and by the Nazis were killed,
togther with her child.
Sh. E. from
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature," Vilna, 1929, Vol.
3, pp. 390-392.
R. Shoshana-Kahan --
"In Fire and Flames," Buenos Aires, 1949, p.