Driven to learn Yiddish in response to anti-Semitism, Rokhl Häring Korn went on to become a major figure in Yiddish literature. Born in Galicia, Korn fled to Vienna during WWI before settling in Poland in 1918. That year she published her first works in Nowy Dziennik and Glos Przemyski. After her marriage to Hersh Korn in 1920, and dismayed by escalating pogroms, she asked her husband to teach her Yiddish so that her writing could be in a Jewish language instead of in Polish. She published her first collection of poetry, Dorf, in 1928 and went on to publish eight poetry collections and two volumes of prose. In 1941, fleeing the German invasion, she left Poland for Moscow, where she remained until 1946. After a brief return to Poland, she immigrated to Montreal in 1948, where she continued her writing career. While her early work was noted for its nature imagery, her later writing often focused on themes of homelessness and the upheaval of war. She was honored with the Louis Lamed Prize in 1950 and 1958, the Jewish Book Council Award for Yiddish Poetry in 1969, the H. Leivick Prize in 1972, and Israel’s Manger Prize in 1974.
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