Soviet Poet Voznesensky Recites Poem in New York on Nazi Massacres of Jews

Andrei Voznesensky, the Soviet poet, included in a poetry recital here last night, one of his works memorializing the wartime Nazi massacre of Jews near Stanislav in the western Ukraine.

“The Call of the Lake” deals with the murder of Jews in the bottom of a ravine which was later converted into a lake for vacationers, the water covering the bodies. In one stanza of the poem, the poet recited: “It would be desecrating life/To wash myself in this place/Like smearing Mary or Moishe over my face.” The poet’s presentation was his final recital of his American tour. He will leave next weekend for Moscow with an invitation to return to the United States next month.

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