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Karen Gershon

(1923-1993)


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GERSHON, KAREN (Kathe Lowenthal; 1923–1993), German-born poet who came to England before World War II without her parents, who died in the camps. Gershon's Selected Poems (1966), written under the pseudonym "Karen Gershon," gave powerful expression to the refugee's thoughts and emotions from childhood. She also edited We Came as Children (1966), a collective autobiography of young refugees, some of whom, like herself, eventually married English non-Jews; and Postscript (1969), an account of Jewish life in West Germany after 1945. She settled in Israel in 1969 but returned to England in 1975 and died in London.


Sources:ODNB online as "Kathleen Tripp" (her married name).

[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]

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