12/1 | Birthday of H. Leivick
Today in Yiddishkayt… December 1
Birthday of H. Leivick, Poet & Playwright
Leivick Halpern was born in the White Russian town of Ihumen, near Minsk December 1, 1888. He received a traditional education and became politically radicalized around the 1905 Revolution. Arrested for Bundist activity in 1906, he was sentenced to hard labor and Siberian exile. He escaped to America in 1913. In New York, Leivick became the central figure in Yiddish poetry, all while working as a wallpaper hanger. In addition to his poetry and plays, he was an active editor and journalist until struck by illness in 1958. He died on December 23, 1962.