Baruch Olizki.
Poet
Born in Turisk in 1907, Olizki’s parents and family were religious yet liberal people. Baruch Olizki attended the “cheider”. Both his father and mother passed away when he was a very young child. Baruch was adopted by his uncle Simcha Olizki who brought him to Ratny where he lived. In Ratny he attended the Zionist school and studied in the Hebrew language. When he returned to Turisk as a young man, he suffered from hunger because of the difficult economic situation. In order to survive he became a teacher of young children in a small village. After a short time he married Sarka, a daughter of a rich family and soon a son Monik was born. With support of Sarka's family they opened a grocery store. Because of economical problems they had to close the store and Olizik became a teacher in the "Zysha" Yiddish school were he won the admiration of his pupils. He loved children and they loved him. He had a modern pedagogic approach for the times and was especially devoted to children from poor families whose life experience he could relate to. He later divorced his wife and was forced to separate from his wife and son. His first poem, "My blood is Mixed" was published in a journal titled, "Pages of Literature" in 1925. In the early 1930’s Olizky arrived in Warsaw where he remained jobless, suffered hunger, but became a productive poet His poems and tales were published in almost all the Yiddish Periodicals in Poland. He remarried a former pupil. They lived in Lodz were he became teacher of Yiddish in a "Zisha" school. His wife was a librarian. During this period he was very prolific and his works were published all over the Yiddish speaking world. His work from the years 1936-39 have been collected.

When the Germans invaded Poland, in September 1939, Olizik and his family fled to Turisk. He became a lecturer at a Soviet high school in Grodno. The sudden German invasion of Russia in1942 caught them by surprise and they tried with no success to flee. Sadly, they perished along with the rest of the Jewish population. After the Second World War ended the brothers-writers Leib and Matys managed to collect a part of his works, in a book they titled: "My Blood Is Mixed".