(pseudonym; real name, Leivick Halpern). Born Dec. 25, 1888, in the city of Cherven’, in present-day Minsk Oblast, Byelorussian SSR; died Dec. 23, 1962, in New York. US Jewish poet and playwright.
Leivick was the son of a teacher. In 1912 he was exiled to Siberia for participation in the Russian labor movement. He escaped in 1913 and settled in the USA, where he contributed to Freiheit, a Jewish communist newspaper published in New York. He wrote a series of essays after visiting the USSR in 1925. In Leivick’s dramatic works (The Golem, 1921; The Factory, 1928; Maharam of Rothenberg, 1945), mystical motifs are combined with a search for realistic ways to solve social and ethical conflicts.
WORKSLider. New York, 1919.
Durkh zibn toitn. Kiev, 1926.
In Treblinke bin ikh nit geven. New York, 1945.