Pinski and Israel
Pinski, the ardent
Zionist, immigrated to Israel in 1949 where he lived in Haifa.
He was active and productive, writing many plays and essays
until he suffered a paralyzing stroke in the summer of 1956. He
remained an invalid from then until his death on 11 August 1959.
He will always be remembered when the greats of Yiddish
literature are discussed.
Abraham Sutzkever, pictured below, center, born in 1913 in
Smorgon, Poland (now Smarhon, Belarus), was a Yiddish poet who
also acted as a partisan during World War II and the Holocaust.
The activities of World War I compelled his family to flee to
Siberia. Subsequently, in 1922, Sutzkever moved to Vilnius (then
Wilno, Poland), where he attended cheder and also gymnasium
(high school.) In the early 1930s, Sutzkever became a writer
within the "Young Vilna" group and first published a poem in a
literary journal in 1934. When the Nazis occupied Vilnius in the
summer of '41, Sutzkever, along with many others, was forced to
live in the ghetto of Vilnius. Fortunately, in September 1943,
Sutzkever was able to escape into the forest where he joined
together with and fought with the partisans against the Nazi
occupiers. Sutzkever was able to save many of his manuscripts
and published many of his poems after the war. During this time
he lived in Moscow, Lodz, finally emigrating to Israel, as did
David Pinski. He now lives in Tel Aviv. Abraham Sutzkever was
once the editor of "Di Goldene Keyt," a Yiddish literary
publication in Israel.