Abraham Sutzkever

Abraham Sutzkever

Smorgon, Russian Empire
Abraham Sutzkever
Smorgon, Russian Empire
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Abraham Sutzkever (July 15, 1913 – January 20, 2010) was an acclaimed Yiddish poet. The New York Times wrote that Sutzkever was "the greatest poet of the Holocaust."


Abraham (Avrom) Sutzkever was born on July 15, 1913 in Smorgon, Russian Empire, now Smarhoń, Belarus. During World War I, his family fled eastwards from the Germ ...
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A Wagon Of Shoes
The wheels they drag and drag on,
What do they bring, and whose?
They bring along a wagon
Filled with throbbing shoes.
Frozen Jews
Did you ever see in fields of snow
Frozen Jews, in row upon row?

Breathless they lie, marbled and blue.
A Trip Through Africa
All the noises, all the sounds, asleep.
Under seven streams sleeps fear.
And the elephant, so deep in sleep,
That you can sneak up, cut off his ear.
Signs of paws — an animal has sown
Like blue roses in the white snow's gleam,
When the sun, new risen and unknown,
Like a baby, casts its piercing scream —
Grains Of Wheat
Caves, gape open,
Split open under my ax!
Before the bullet hits me —
I bring you gifts in sacks.


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