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eluded Rivke Basman, who survived the Vilna Ghetto and con-
centration camps in Esthonia; H. Benjamin, pseudonym of Benja-
min Hrushovski, whose first volume,
(Dust, 1948),
appeared shortly before his arrival at the age of nineteen to
participate in Israel’s War of Liberation; Abraham Rinzler, who
came from Bucharest to Kiryat Motzkin; S. Worsoger, who ar-
rived in 1948 after publishing in Germany his first volume
(To Be, 1948); Moshe Jungman, whose first lyrics
(Coma, 1947) appeared in Italy on the eve of his sailing for
Israel. All these poets were born in the nineteen-twenties.
Prose writers included Zvi Eisnman and Abraham Karpinowitz,
both of whom came to Israel from the Cyprus internment camp,
as did the young poet Abraham Rintzler. An anthology of the
prose and verse of “Young Israel” appeared in 1954. In the same
year Moshe Jungman published his songs as the first volume of
a projected Young Israel Series and two years later Zvi Eisnman
followed with the second volume, entitled
Di Bahn
(The Road),
tales of Poland, Russia and Israel
In the nineteen-fifties Yiddish writers continued to stream to
Israel from many lands. From London came the veteran novelists
A. M. Fuchs in 1950 and Leo Koenig in 1952. From Paris in 1950
came Moshe Grossman and Leib Rochman, author of the tragic
volume of memoirs
In Dein Blut Sollstu Leben
(In Your Blood
Shall You Live, 1949), and the poet and novelist Yekhiel Hofer
in 1951. From Canada came the poet and essayist Melech Ravitch.
Binem Heller escaped from Poland in 1957, when he could no
longer continue his subservience to the Soviets. His first lyrics on
Israel’s soil were filled with regret and a desire to atone for his
former aberrations. However, his
Neie Lieder
(New Songs, 1964)
breathe tender love for his new home and won him the Gorfinkel
Literary Prize. Abba Gordon arrived from New York in 1957 and
Probl imot
(Problems), a monthly in Hebrew and Yiddish,
until his death in 1964.
In the nineteen-sixties, after a long career as a critic and literary
historian in Kiev and New York, came Nachman Maisel; also the
California sculptor and poet Boris Dimondstein, who settled in
Safed where he founded in 1961 the
Safeter Literarishe Heften,
a quarterly review for literature, art and criticism.
In the nineteen-sixties, there were available to Yiddish readers
not only the daily
Letzte Neies
edited by Mordecai Tzanin and
the aforementioned periodicals, but also the weeklies
lllustrierte Weltwoch, Israel Shtimme, Yiddishe Zeitung, Dos
Yiddishe Licht, Frei Israel,
the fortnightly
Folk un Zion,
and the bi-monthly