REZNIK, LIPE (1890–1944), Soviet Yiddish writer and educator. Born in Chernobyl, Ukraine, Reznik was, for most of his adult years, closely associated with the Yiddish literary and educational life of Kiev where he settled in 1910. His early symbolist verse – for which he was later politically attacked – reveals him as an imitator of *Der Nister. His writing grew more conformist in the 1930s. During World War ii he wrote poems of strong Jewish national feeling. He died in Kazakhstan, to which he had been evacuated. He published five volumes of verse, four plays, and wrote, edited, and translated much material for children (see Shmeruk, in bibliography).
Rejzen, Leksikon, 4 (1929), 413–6; Ch. Shmeruk (ed.), Pirsumim Ivriyyim bi-Verit ha-Mo'aẓot (1961), 220 and passim. add. bibliography: G. Estraikh, In Harness (2005), index; D. Shneer, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture (2004), index
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