The Poet

I’m Avraham Sutzkever, a Yiddish poet.  In 1939, I married Freydke.  After the Germans invaded in 1941, we were herded like cattle into the Vilna ghetto.  I was a member of the sorting team.  We risked our lives to smuggle out and hide manuscripts looted by the Nazis who murdered my mother and my newborn son.  In 1943, Freydke, a fellow Yiddish poet and I escaped.

66 Words

Portrait of Avraham and Freydke Sutzkever with their daughter Rina. Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of the Sutkever Family

This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click Here.

Sources: Wikipedia; Yivo Encyclopedia; The University of Chicago Press

16 Replies to “The Poet”

    1. Dear Rochelle,

      I was honored to write about this remarkable man. There is a book called, The Book Smugglers by David E. Fishman. It’s about Avraham and other Ghetto residents saved Jewish Treasures from the Nazis. Yes, we remember and will never forget. Thanks 🙂



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