The Translations of Leo Dashefsky
You can read English translation of poems written by some of the more popular and well-known Yiddish writers within this exhibition, courtesy of the late Leo Dashefsky z"l who produced each one of the translations that are being made available to you here.
The poems listed are but a small number of the total of poems translated by Leo Dashefsky; perhaps more will be made available for your perusal in the future.
Currently, you may read a short biography of each of the poets, as well as one or more of their translations. The original Yiddish is not included here, though if anyone possesses a copy of a particular poem in Yiddish, it may be sent to the Museum via e-mail so that it may be added alongside the English translation. If you have the original Yiddish-language version, please contact the Museum at email@example.com.
Please read the lovely dedication of Leo's daughter Batya which is being presented to you as a PowerPoint presentation.
THE SUN IS SINKING IN FLAMES
(Die zoon fargayt in flammen)
by Itzhak Katzenelson
The sun is sinking in flames
The sun you scarcely see
That's how my hopes are waning,
That's how my dreams are passing me.
Still and dark is the night,
Still and black is the night,
That's how I feel today
My heart in constant fright,
World, world do not be perturbed
Soon your day will shine
Forever is my sorrow
Forever I shall pine.
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