Abraham Sutzkever

Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, 96, dies in Israel

:: By Yahoo News :: JERUSALEM Abraham Sutzkever, a Yiddish poet and partisan fighter during World War II, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 96, his daughter Mira said.

Sutzkever began writing in Vilna, Lithuania, in the early 1930s.

After the Nazi invasion, he was interned in the town's ghetto. In 1943, he escaped to the forests with his wife and fought against the Nazis as a partisan. During this time, he wrote over 80 poems, publishing them after the war.

After the war, he was a witness at the Nuremberg war crimes trials.

In 1947, he moved to Israel, resuming his literary career, and founding and editing a prominent Yiddish literary journal, Di Goldene Keyt.

Sutzkever died Jan. 20 and was buried in Tel Aviv. He is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.