Poland returns Yiddish writer's works to daughters

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 9:04 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish archives have returned works by Yiddish writer persecuted under communism to his two daughters, who called it a bittersweet moment.

The letters, newspaper articles and poems by Naftali Herts Kon, whose real name was Jakub Serf, were deposited with the City of Warsaw Archives by communist authorities after he was sentenced to prison on fabricated charges, in 1963. After 15 months in confinement, Kon left for Israel where he died in 1971.

On Tuesday, Kon's daughters received the papers from archives director Janina Gregorowicz.

In October, a Warsaw court ruled that the writings lawfully belonged to Kon's family and should be returned. It took Ina Lancman and Vita Serf more than two years of legal battles to obtain that ruling.

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