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.
On the fields of Bethlehem
Where to Efrat leads the way
For many years and generations
Stands a tomb in complete display.
And midnight is approaching
Ascends a woman
From the grave pensive-looking.
Observes the waves within,
And from her pretty eyes
Falls a tear therein.
Without a sigh, without a dirge for kin
Falls into the Jordan water
And calmly blends therein.
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