Alter Kacyzne (1885 - 1941)

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Birthplace: Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Vilnius County, Lithuania
Death: Died in L'viv, L'vivs'ka oblast, Ukraine
Cause of death: Beaten to death by Ukranians
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About Alter Kacyzne

Well known Yiddish writer, poet, photographer Alter Kacyzne was from Vilna in 1885. He fled to Lvov as a refugee in 1940.

During the year and a half there he served as spokesman for the many Jewish writers in the city, and was appointed by the Soviet authorities to be literary director of the Yiddish-language broadcast on Radio Lvov.

With the German invasion of Rusia, Kacyzne fled from Lvov.

On the way to Tarnopol he was seized by Ukranians and beaten to death.


The Holocaust - Martin Gilbert, page 175 Alter Kacyzne (May 31, 1885 in Vilnius, Russian Empire – July 7, 1941 in Ternopil, Ukraine) was a Jewish (Yiddish) writer, poet and photographer who was killed during the Holocaust.

He traveled throughout Poland after World War I, chronicling Jewish life. Kacyzne tried to escape Nazi persecution in Poland and moved to Ternopil in 1941. Unfortunately, by the time he arrived Nazis already occupied the city. He was beaten to death by Ukrainian collaborators during the extermination of the town's Jewish population. His wife Khana was killed in the concentration camp, while his daughter Sulamita survived hiding in Poland as a non-Jew

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Alter Kacyzne's Timeline

May 31, 1885
Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Vilnius County, Lithuania
June, 1941
Age 56
L'viv, L'vivs'ka oblast, Ukraine