Tag Archives: Literary

The Problematic Hirsh Bloshtein

Among the pages I’ve added to the Keidan archives this week is this 1958 article from the Yiddish newspaper Morgen Freiheit by the Keidan-born poet and novelist Hirsh Bloshtein. Morgen Freiheit was a publication “affilitated with the Communist Party USA” … Continue reading

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Hirshel Bloshtein, Yiddish Poet

By Monty Starr (Birmingham, UK) Hirshel Bloshtein 1895-1978 My mother’s uncle was the well-published Yiddish author Hirshel Bloshtein. Hirshel lived in Czernowitz from 1932 until his death in 1978. Hirshel was born in Kedainiai, Lithuania to Dovid Bloshtein, a poor … Continue reading

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My Brother

By Hirsh Bloshtein First published in the anthology “Horizons” in Moscow in 1965. (“Composed after the author’s visit to the mass grave in Keidan.”) Reprinted in the 1977 Keidan Yizkor Book.  “In memory of my brother, Mane-Yosl, the wonderful storyteller.“  … Continue reading

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My Youth in Keidan

By Hirsh Bloshtein From the 1977 Keidan Yizkor Book.  My youth in Keidan, come back to me, I just want to hear your voice once more It’s not yet time to say the final “stop” and cut the string for … Continue reading

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Thinkers and Doers

From “Yahadut Lita” Vol. 3, Tel Aviv, 1967.  Einhorn, Aharon (1884-1942) Journalist, born in Keidan. He studied Talmud until he was 17. Completed secondary school in Paris, afterwards studied at the Sorbonne. He began his career as a journalist in … Continue reading

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Sages and Scholars

From “Yahadut Lita” Vol. 3, Tel Aviv, 1967.   Dat, Rabbi Zalman-Aharon bar Dov (1859-1916) Born in Keidan, he studied in Ragole (Ariogala) and Eishyshok (Eišiškės). He was the rabbi in Pushelat (Pušalotas) for 16 years and thereafter in Smilg (Smilgiai) … Continue reading

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Lilienblum’s Journey

Originally published in the “Hebrew Encyclopedia,” Vol. 21, p. 797.  Moshe Leib Lilienblum: born Keidan 1843, died Odessa 1910. He was an author and publicist, one of the founders of Hibbat Tzion (Lovers of Zion), and in his youth had … Continue reading

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The Hebrew Printing House

By Adv. Sh. Shibolet-Zang After World War I, when the Jews of Keidan began to return from their places of exile, two Torah students decided to set up a small print shop to serve needs of the community. They were … Continue reading

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The Library and Drama Club

By Haviva Rochin-Carmeli (Kfar Masaryk, Israel) I have locked inside me a few memories of a number of projects and classes within the cultural life of my town, Keidan. The first is the town library, from which most of the … Continue reading

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Keidan in the 17th Century

Excerpt from “The Deluge: A historical novel of Poland, Sweden, and Russia”  by Henryk Sienkiewicz; Published 1893. The night was clear and warm ; the stars twinkled by thousands in the sky. Dragging on at a walk, they slept sweetly till, when … Continue reading

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