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The Fall of a SparrowThe Life and Times of Abba Kovner$
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Dina Porat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001

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Childhood in Sevastopol and Youth in Vilna

Childhood in Sevastopol and Youth in Vilna

“A sad-eyed child,” March 1918–September 1939

(p.3) One Childhood in Sevastopol and Youth in Vilna
The Fall of a Sparrow
Stanford University Press

This chapter details the early life of Abba Kovner, who was born in Sevastopol, at the southern tip of the Crimean peninsula, on March 14, 1918. Between 1934 and 1938, from age 16 to 20, he devoted his time and energy to the Hashomer Hatzair (Young Guard) Zionist–Socialist youth movement's local chapter and became one of its central figures. At the same time, between 1936 and 1938, Kovner studied for external matriculation examinations, which he took in 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, and also studied at the Tarbut teachers' seminary for Hebrew teachers, supporting himself by giving private lessons.

Keywords:   Abba Kovner, Hashomer Hatzair, youth movement, childhood, biography

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