69, an Israeli author and poet who had been a Jewish resistance leader in Lithuania during World War II and who after the war was a founder of the Brichah movement, which helped nearly 300,000 Jews leave Europe for Palestine, died of cancer Sept. 25 at his home in En Hahoresh kibbutz.

During the war, he was imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto of his native city, Vilnius, now Soviet Lithuania's capital. He published his first poem in Hebrew in 1943 and migrated to Palestine two years later. He was active in arranging illegal Jewish emigration until Israel gained its independence in 1948.

Mr. Kovner's poetry was largely based on his recollections of World War II and Israel's 1948 War of Independence. His book "Little Sister of Mine" focused on the separation and execution faced by Jewish children during the war. He also wrote two volumes of prose, "The Zero Hour" and "The Intersection."


84, the Cuban-born bandleader and pianist whose "Green Eyes" became an American standard during World War II, died Sept. 15 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Menendez wrote "Green Eyes" five years after coming to this country in 1924. However, it did not become a hit until 1942 when Jimmy Dorsey recorded the song.