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Yitzhak Katznelson

Itzhak Katznelson (1886-1944), a Hebrew and Yiddish poet and dramatist, was born in Russia and received his early education from his father, Hebrew author Jacob Benjamin Katzenelson. He later lived in Lodz, where he opened a secular Hebrew school which he ran until the outbreak of World War II. During this period he visited Eretz Israel several times but did not achieve his dream of making aliya. He spent the early years of the war in the Warsaw Ghetto where he witnessed the methodical annihilation of the Jewish community of Warsaw, including his wife and two of his sons. He was active in a Jewish partisan group. In possession of a Honduran passport, he was transferred to the Vittel Concentration Camp in France, in May, 1943. In April,1944, however, he was deported to Auschwitz, where he and his remaining son perished the following month.            

Books Published in Hebrew
The Boundaries of Lithuania (poetry & prose), Warsaw, Sifrut, 1908 [Gevulot Litah] 
Stray (children's play), Warsaw-Mikrah, 1909 [Ha-Toeh]
Twilight (poetry), Warsaw, Sifrut, 1910 [Dimdumim]
Joseph's Sale, Warsaw, Mikrah, 1910 [Mechirat Yossef]
Boys (play), Warsaw, Sifrut, 1911 [Bahurim]
The Circle (play), Warsaw, Sifrut, 1911 [Ha-Ma'agal]            
Exile (poetry), Warsaw, Sifrut, 1911 [Galut]
We Live and Die (play), Warsaw, Ahiasaf, 1913 [Anu Hayim U-Metim]            
The-  (play), Warsaw-Merkaz, 1920 [Ha-]            
The Prophet (play), Lodz-Sefer, 1922 [Ha-Navih]            
Dearest (poetry, prose, plays), Warsaw, Barkai, 1923 [Mahmadim]
The Power of a Melody (play), Kupat Hasefer, 1925 [Kohah Shel Manginah]            
Poems 1903-38, Lodz, Sefer, 1938 [Shirim 1903-38]             
Last Works, Hakibutz Hameuchad, 1947 [Ketavim Aharonim]
I Have a Song (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1954 [Yesh Li Shir]
Dreaming and Awake (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1955 [Be-Halom U-Be-Akitz]
Rejoice, Galilee (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1977 [Gilu Ha-Galilim]
Plays, Beit Lohamei Ha-Getaot, 1982 [Mahazot]            
Stories and Non-Fiction, Beit Lohamei Ha-Getaot, 1982 [Sipurim Ve-Masot]            
Springs (poetry), Beit Lohamei Ha-Getaot, 1984 [Ma'ayanot]
In the Warsaw Ghetto and the Vittel Concentration Camp, Beit Lohamei Ha-Getaot, 1988 [Be-Ghetto Warsha U-Be-Mahaneh Vittel]  

Yitzhak Katznelson