Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Poets & Musicians

Benediktas Rutkunas

Lithuanian poet Benediktas Rutkūnas (1907-1975, originally Rutkauskas) emigrated to the U.S. via Germany after World War II. “Schwerer Abend” comes from his book of poetry, Versmes (Sources, 1937). The poems were translated into German from Lithuanian by Horst Engert (1886-1949), who taught German language and literature at the University of Kaunas.