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The Fall of a Sparrow: The Life and Times of Abba Kovner

Dina Porat


This book is the only full biography in English of the partisan, poet, and patriot Abba Kovner (1918–1987), an unsung and largely unknown hero of the Second World War and Israel's War of Independence, born in Vilna, “the Jerusalem of Lithuania.” Long before the rest of the world suspected, he was the first person to state that Hitler was planning to kill the Jews of Europe, and who, along with other defenders of the Vilna ghetto, escaped, only hours before its destruction, to the forest, to join the partisans fighting the Nazis. Returning after the Liberation to find Vilna empty of Jews, Kovne ... More

Keywords: Abba Kovner, Second World War, War of Independence, Lithuania, Vilna, Israel, Nazis, Jews, Diaspora Museum, Hebrew Literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dina Porat, author

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