Avraham Sutzkever, one of the greatest Yiddish poets of the 20th century, began his literary career in Vilna in the 1930s. After the arrival of the Nazis, he continued to write poetry in the Vilna ghetto, where he participated in a monumental project to rescue Jewish books and manuscripts. He later escaped to the forests to join a Jewish partisan unit. After the war, he settled in Tel Aviv and resumed his literary vocation. Marking five years since his death, Ruth Wisse speaks about both his poems and his idea of poetry.
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