Irena Klepfisz (born April 17, 1941) is a Jewish Lesbian author, academic and activist.
Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto on April 17, 1941 and was 2 years old during the "varshever geto oyfshtand", (Yiddish for 'the Warsaw ghetto uprising'). Her father, Michał Klepfisz, a member of "der algemeynernyidisher arbeter bund", (the Jewish Labour Bund), was killed on the second day of ... more »
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... she learned survivalIrena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish poet and essayist; born in Poland. "A Visit," lines 29-33 (1981). Of her mother, a Polish Jew and widow of a...
depends on complete distrust. Even today she is still
fierce in her refusal to rely on others. Some would call
it alienation. Others pride. I think it's o...
These words are dedicated to those who survivedIrena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish poet and essayist; born in Poland. "Bashert: These Words are Dedicated to Those Who Survived," lines 26-31 (1981...
because life is a wilderness and they were savage
because life is an awakening and they were alert
because life is a flowering and ...
Yiddish acted as the cement that bound the Jewish community together on a socialist foundation. What language we spoke was critical. It reflected our identity, our loyalty, our distinctness not only f...Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "Secular Jewish Identity," 1986. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 4 (1990). Klep...
Most Jewish feminists and gays that I know remain angry and frustrated by Jewish progressives. Deeply committed to progressive causes, frequently in the vanguard of political action, Jewish feminist a...Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), Jewish-American lesbian author; born in Poland. "Jewish Progressives and the Jewish Community," 1988. Dreams of an Insomniac...
...I ... know the bitter fact that most lives are incredibly wasted, that opportunities for developing identity, for receiving pleasure, for achieving a sense of self-worth are limited and, not only u...Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "The Distances Between Us," 1985. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 1 (1990).
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