About Miryem (Miriam) Ulinover

Miriam Ulinover

Miryem (Miriam) Ulinover née Hirshbein (1890-1944) was born in Łódź, educated traditionally and finished Folkshul. She was one of a very few Orthodox Jewish women poets in her time. As she was orphaned young, she was raised by her beloved Grandmother. Ulinover was a very popular poet in Łódź, who wrote about everyday things. She was published in newspapers and produced one book of poetry called Mayn Bobes Oytzer, (“My Grandmother’s Treasure”), Warsaw, 1922. That book was a favorite among Łódź readers. Shayevitch mentions his love of it in his final poem. Ulinover remained productive in the Łódź Ghetto and encouraged young writers in a salon at her home. She was transported to Auschwitz during the liquidation of the Łódź ghetto, and was gassed and incinerated a few days later.

You’ll find more poems by Ulinover on our companion site, Poetry in Hell.

Sources: Poetry in Hell, Jewish Women’s Archive, Wikipedia

Watch a video of Translator Sarah Traister Moskovitz talking about Ulinover’s work: