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Peretz MiranskyHonored Yiddish poetTORONTO -- Award-winning Yiddish...


Peretz Miransky

Honored Yiddish poet

TORONTO -- Award-winning Yiddish poet Peretz Miransky, 85, died of heart failure Saturday at his Toronto home.

Known for his satire, he won the Itzik Manger award for Yiddish poetry in 1988. In 1980, he had won the National Jewish Book award in the United States and twice won the Canadian J.I. Segal award for Yiddish poetry.

OC Born in 1908 in Vilna, a town then within Poland's borders, Mr.

Miransky became involved with a group of Jewish poets called Young Vilna, said Sylvia Lustgarten of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto.

"He was a fun poet. Very playful with words," she said, adding that in his early years, Mr. Miransky was a member of The Gang, a group of rebellious young poets.

"He was part of a generation that brought Yiddish from tradition into modernity," she said.

Yolande Gwin, 88, who covered high society in Atlanta for more than 50 years, died Thursday. She worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1934 to 1975, when she retired. In 1936, she was the first to report that her friend Margaret Mitchell had found a publisher for "Gone With the Wind."

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