Loshen un Leben (Language and Life), edited by A. N. Stencl, London, July 1951.

Loshn1951July01This is another nice issue of A. N. Stencl’s monthly Yiddish literary magazine.

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Poland, into a rabbinical family, and had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  In 1940 he published a volume of poetry “London Lyrics, which you can read about here.

Also in 1940 Stencl started a regular publication, in Yiddish, “Loshen un Leben”.  He was the main contributor and the Narodiczky Press was the printer.  I have quite a number of issues of this magazine and have written about some of them:

November 1946.

January 1947.

Tercentenary Almanac 1956.

The outstanding and recommended (by me) book on the Yiddish writers and poets who were published in London during this period is ‘London Yiddishtown’ by Vivi Lachs.

The front page starts with a piece about Sholem Asch, the prominent Yiddish author, a Polish native who had settled in America and would come to London to see his daughter and her husband who had settled there.


Chaim Tauber was a writer, dramatist, songwriter and actor.  He was born in 1901 in Mohilev Podolsk (Mohyliv-Podilskyi) , Ukraine. He went first to Canada and then to the United States. This is his song Whitechapel from a production at the Grand Palais Theatre in the East End of London.


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.  Here is an “open letter” from him to the editor:



Here is another piece by S. Palme (Bernard Sovinsky), writing under another pseudonym of ‘Alegorier’:


Among the advertisements is one for Katie Brown’s then new book Altz in Einem (Everything Together) which you can read about in Vivi Lachs book London, Yiddishtown:


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