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Yocheved Bat-Miriam

Yocheved Bat-Miriam (Zhelezniak) (1901-1980) was born in Keplits, Belorussia. She attended the Universities of Odessa and Moscow. Her first book of poems, published in 1932, was followed by an additional six collections of poetry published four years after she settled in pre-state Israel. The bulk of her poems were written between the two world wars and are set against the background of Jewish tragedy of this period, of her personal experiences as a child in Russia and of her experiences as a newcomer in Israel. In the 1948 War of Independence, her son Zuzik was killed and she never wrote again. Bat-Miriam was awarded the Bialik Prize in 1964 and the Israel Prize in 1972.

Books Published in Hebrew
From Afar, The Zangwill Foundation in London, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1932; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Me-Rachok]
Eretz Israel, Achdut, 1937; Machbarot Lesifrut, 1942 [Eretz Israel]
Interview, Davar, 1940 [Re'ayon]
Images from the Horizon, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1942 [Dmuyot Me-Ofek]
Russia Poems, Sifriat Poalim, 1942 [Mi-Shirei Russia]
1943: Poems for the Ghetto, Sifriat Poalim, 1946 [1943: Shirim La-Ghetto]
Poems, Sifriat Poalim, 1963; 1972 [Shirim]
Between Sand and Sun, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Beyn Chol Va-Shemesh]
Collected Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Machatzit Mul Machatzit: Kol Ha-Shirim]

Yocheved Bat-Miriam

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