Leivick, H.

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Leivick, H.


(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.


Lider. New York, 1919.
Durkh zibn toitn. Kiev, 1926.
In Treblinke bin ikh nit geven. New York, 1945.


Bronshtein, la. “Leib un lebn.” Der Shtern, 1929, no. 2.
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