Binem Heller

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Binem Heller is a Polish poet and activist. He was born in 1908 in Warsaw, and became a glove worker at the age of fourteen.

He emerged early as a leader of Poland's proletarian poets, equivalent to the Proletypen, with his first collection, "Through the Bars", published in Łódź in 1930. From 1937 to 1939 he lived in Belgium and Paris. He returned to Warsaw, then fled to Bialystok before the Nazi armies. After the invasion of the Soviet Union he took shelter in Alma-Ata and in 1947 returned to Poland hoping to participate in a revival of its Jewish cultural life. "Spring in Poland" appeared in 1950 and "Poems, 1932-1939", in 1956.

He then moved to Paris and Brussels, where his poem of political renunciation, "Alas, how they shattered my life" caused a storm of controversy. A year later he made Israel his home. His many later works include "New poems" (1964) and "They shall arise"(1984).

Binem Heller died in Israel in 1998.


  • Heller, Binem (1948). Durkh shotn un shayn. Lodz: Yidish bukh: lodzsh. ISBN 0657073717. Archived from the original on 2009.