Maryland, Jewish, Journalists, Veterans

Herman Taube
(February 2, 1918 – March 25, 2014)

Grosvenor Park Apartments, 10500 Rockville Pike, Apt. 604, Rockville, MD.

Taube was born in Lodz, Poland and served as a medic in the Polish Army in World War II, where he was captured and held in a Soviet work camp. Upon his release, he served in Uzbekistan, where he was injured when the ambulance he was riding in drove over a land mine. After recuperating, he was stationed at the former Lublin/Majdanek concentration camp, caring for liberated prisoners who were too sick to evacuate. His final posting was a hospital in Pomerania, where he worked until the war’s end, organizing the first Polish Red Cross Station for civilians.

Taube and his wife immigrated to the US in 1947, settling in Baltimore and then DC. He worked as a journalist and teacher for over 60 years. He was the White House correspondent for the Yiddish Forward. After retirement, he lectured widely on Yiddish literature, WWII, and the Holocaust, and volunteered as a translator for the archives of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Taube is the author of twenty-three books of poetry and fiction, including several from Dryad Press: Looking Back, Going Forward: New & Selected Poems (2002), Autumn Travels, Devious Paths (1992), Between the Shadows (1986), and the novels My Baltimore Landsmen (1995), and Kyzyl Kishlak/Refugee Village (1993).


Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 5 poems, Vol. 13:2, Spring 2012

Herman Taube page at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Photo: © Lloyd Wolf / Used with permission.