Elena Akselrod

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Elena Akselrod
Born 1932
Occupation Writer
Nationality Russian

Elena Meerovna Akselrod (Russian: Еле́на Ме́еровна Аксельро́д; IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə ˈmʲejɪrəvnə ɐksʲɪlʲˈrot]; Belarusian: Алена Меераўна Аксельрод; born 1932 in Minsk, Belarus) is a Russian poet, translator, daughter of noted artist Meer Akselrod, wrote a monograph about her father.[1]


Born in Minsk in 1932, father was a prominent artist Meer Akselrod, mother was a poet in Yiddish Riva Rubina. He uncle Zelik Akserlod was also a poet in Yiddish; he tried to protest against closure of Yiddish schools in USSR and was arrested and eventually executed during Red Army retreat from Vilnius in 1941.

Elena Akselrod graduated from literary department of Moskovsky Pedagogichesky Institute (Moscow Pedagogical Institute) in 1954, and made her début as a translator in 1955. She published her first book of poetry for children in 1961 - since then she has written a further seven books of poetry. During Soviet times she worked as translator, translating from Yiddish, German, English, and other languages. She translated the works of her mother Riva Rubina.[citation needed]

Since 1991 Akselrod has lived in Israel, where she has written books and translated others from Hebrew; her work is published in Israel, the USA, and Russia. She wrote a study on the art of her father Meer Akselrod,[1] which made him known outside or Russia. IN 2008 her book of memoirs A Yard on Barrikadny street was published.[2]

Her son is Russian-Israeli artist Michael Yachilevich.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Elena Akselrod. Meer Akselrod, tr. Amanda Calvert, Jerusalem, Mesilot, 1993, ISBN 965-222-514-2, 248p.
  2. Russian: Двор на Баррикадной. Елена Аксельрод ISBN 978-5-86793-596-2. Дата выхода: 2008. Издательство: М: Новое литературное обозрение