Leningrad Literary Club Devotes Session to Shlonsky, Hebrew Poet

For the first time since the 1920′s, a Soviet writers’ club, organized a special meeting on Hebrew literature, Maariv, an independent newspaper, reported here today. The event was not reported in the Soviet press.

The literary evening, held two weeks ago in the Mayanovsky Club, was devoted particularly to an Israeli Hebrew poet, Abraham Shlonsky. More than 500 persons crowded the hall and several hundred more gathered outside to hear local Jewish and non-Jewish writers and actors read some 20 of Shlonsky’s poems in Hebrew and in Russian translation. The program included a lecture by Prof. A.S. Bilov, who praised the poet both as a man who had translated Pushkin and other Russian writers into Hebrew, and as a “peace fighter,” who furthered world understanding.

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