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visited all the major Jewish centers in the world and the many
exotic places beyond them. He is recognized as one of the lead-
ing Yiddish writers, and translated into dozens of languages.
His poetic career, begun and confirmed before the War, ac-
tually matured during the most unlikely portion of his life—
his years in the ghetto .
Sutzkever served his poetic calling with priestly devotion,
perfecting his technical proficiency, expanding in his responsive-
ness and confidence in the midst of the
the great
Destruction. In doing justice to his vision of art as the inspired
encounter with reality, Sutzkever went far beyond himself to
become a national elegist, a commanding orator, and one of
those great speakers in the Jewish tradition who have challenged
the Shaper of Destinies. Not surprisingly it is this period and
the world it swallowed up for all time that continues to domi-
nate and to
his most vibrant work.