Alter Kacyzne

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Alter Kacyzne
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Born (1885-05-31)May 31, 1885
Vilnius, Russian Empire, (now Lithuania)
Died July 7, 1941(1941-07-07) (aged 56)
Ternopil, Occupied Polish Territories (Now in Ukraine)
Nationality Lithuanian
Occupation Photographer, writer

Alter Kacyzne (May 31, 1885 in Vilnius, Russian Empire – July 7, 1941 in Ternopil, General Government for the Occupied Polish Territories) was a Jewish (Yiddish) writer, poet and photographer who was killed during the Holocaust.

Alter Kacyzne with his wife Khana and daughter Sulamita in Warsaw, Poland ca. 1930.

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.[1]


  1. ^ Martin Gilbert, The Jews in the Twentieth Century, (New York: Schocken Books, 2001), 117.

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