Abraham Liessin, well-known Yiddish poet and editor of Zukunft, literary and political monthly, died yesterday morning of a heart attack. He was 68 years old. Born in Minsk, Russia, he came to this country in 1897. Liessin, whose real name was Walt, collapsed Wednesday while reading a poem at the funeral services for his friend and associate, B. Charney Vladeck.
Funeral services were held today in Forward Hall, which was crowded to its 1,000 capacity, while a throng of about 5,000 gathered in the square outside despite rain. Speakers were Hillel Rogoff, who presided, Sholem Asch, David Pinski, Abraham Reisin, H. Leivick, Alexander Kahn, J. Weinberg, N. Chanin, Rabbi Saul Tschnerowitz, Tzivyon, Joseph Schlossberg and Tausner, brother-in-law of Liessen. Liessin was buried in Workmen’s Circle cemetery next to B.C. Vladeck.
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