Honoring Avrom Sutzkever


Avrom Sutzkever

Avrom Sutzkever (1913-2010): 

Yiddish Poet, Partisan, Patriot

Lecture by Professor Jan Schwarz

Date: June 28 (Tues)

When: 12:15

Where: Wilmette Public Library

The Danny Greenberg Memorial Lecture.

Professor Jan Schwarz’s talk will be enhanced with historic recordings of the poet reading his work.

Avrom Sutzkever, who died January 20 at the age of 96, was not only a great Yiddish poet but is acknowledged as being one of the great poets of the 20th century. Sutzkever was born in 1913 to a family of rabbis and Torah scholars in Smorgon, southwest of Vilna in White Russia. His family escaped to Siberia during the First World War but in 1921 he returned to Vilna. He wrote reflective and highly personal poetry that still addressed large historical subjects. Not a religious poet himself, Sutzkever used traditional references to make his point. He brought Europe to Israel and the excitement of the new land to Yiddish. But he remained scarred by the murders of his newborn son and his mother in the Holocaust.

Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/123891/#ixzz1O3OcQCdq

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