|Rochl (nee Herring) Korn|
|Born in 1898 in Podliszki, Galicia, Rochl Korn was an inspiration to both Jewish and non-Jewish
writers and poets in Europe and abroad. Korn's life experiences are exposed frankly in her work,
a reflection of her own desires and pain, hope and heartbreak. Korn first worked in Polish but
later adopted Yiddish as her main working language thanks in part to the encouragement of her
husband, Hersh Korn.
The Second World War brought to Korn homelessness and heartbreak. While visiting her daughter
Irene in Lvov in 1941, eastern Poland was invaded by Germany. Fleeing with the retreating Soviet army,
Korn and her daughter never again saw Rochl's husband. Korn spent the remainder of the war as a refugee
in the Soviet Union.
Korn's later work after World War II was dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust and the Soviet
Jewish writers silenced by Stalinist purges. Korn stated this work was an attempt to give voice
to those whose own was stolen. Her poetry continues to resonate with new generations of readers,
the beauty and oft-sad truth of her words a reflection of nature and humanity in all its forms.
For more information on Rochl Korn and her writing, please visit the Rachel Korn website.