This Day in Jewish History / Poet Laureate Who Liberated a Concentration Camp Dies

Uncured of his love for poetry, Anthony Hecht went to war, helped liberate a concentration camp and, for years, ‘would wake shrieking.’

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January 16, 1923, is the birthdate of Anthony Hecht, whose career as a poet spanned the second half of the 20th century and included a stint as poet laureate of the United States. Some of his best work, most...