One of the most important and famous German-speaking poets of the 20th century, through her Jewish origin, spent almost her entire life in exile.

For the first time, as a child, avoiding pogroms, she and her family were forced to move from Hrzanow (a city in the south of modern Poland) to Germany. For the second time, in 1938, having already published in Berlin the first poetry collections recognized by the Nazis as "harmful and undesirable", she emigrated to the United States, and later to Israel. All her life, the poet dreamed of returning to Berlin, the city of her youth, but she could not forgive him the pain of exile. Homesickness, the burden of emigration, and a bleak fate in a foreign land weighed on her until her death. She never found a new home anywhere, "choosing love as her homeland."

Masha Kaleko's early poems are filled with charm, humor, tenderness, love, eroticism and light irony. This is what made her popular in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s and still attracts readers both in Germany and around the world. With the outbreak of World War II, her poetry turned into one of the loudest German anti-war and anti-fascist voices in the world, exposing crimes and uncompromisingly calling for punishment of criminals: "We are taught: to love enemies in a divine way, but we hate them in a human way."
Masha Kaleko
Masha Kaleko's publications in "Taubin":
Send us your texts
We will wait!