S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky. He was my great-grandmother’s first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888. I have previously written about his book Farviste Erd (Scorched Earth), published in London in 1943.
This copy has all three books bound together, and has a signed inscription by the author dated London 1950-51.
S. Palme first lived in London in 1910. From 1918 to 1922, he lived in Soviet Russia. He debuted in print in 1912 with a poem in the London-based Yidisher Zhurnal (Jewish Journal). He went on to publish poetry in: Yugnt Shtraln (Youth Beams [of Light]), Di Post, Familyen Fraynt (Family Friend), Arbeiter Fraynt (Worker’s Friend), Di Zeit (The Times), and Loshn un Lebn (Language and Life – click here for one of my copies)—all in London. He came from Mezerich in Poland, and one of his poems is included in the Mezerich Yizkor book.