Lev Ginzburg

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ginzburg, Lev Vladimirovich


Born Oct. 24, 1921, in Moscow. Soviet Russian writer and translator. Member of the CPSU since 1945. Participant in World War II.

In The Ratcatcher’s Fife (1960) and The Price of Ashes (1961), books of sketches and essays, Ginzburg exposes the fascists and neo-Nazis in the German Democratic Republic and describes the construction of a new life-style in the GDR. His journalistic book The Abyss, which has been translated into several languages, is based on materials from the Krasnodar trial of the fascist criminals. Otherworld Encounters, a book of sketches, deals with the personal responsibility of the surviving Nazi leaders for their crimes. Ginzburg has translated German folk ballads, 17th-century German poets, the early lyric poems of Schiller, and the poets of the GDR into Russian. He was awarded the J. Becher Literature Prize by the GDR (1969).


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