Monday, 18 May 2015


            He was a Soviet Yiddish poet, born in Nowo-Ukrainka.  He graduated from the Kharkov newspaper Technicum.  In 1934 he debuted in print with poems in Yunge gavrdye (Young guard).  His early capacities as a writer emerged close to WWII.  He came from the Jewish agricultural colony Sde Menukhe (Field of peace), which after the Russian Revolution became Kalinindorf, in southern Ukraine.  He works appeared in: Tsum zig (Toward victory) (Moscow, 1944); Sovetish heymland, Materyaln far a leksikon fun der yidisher sovetisher literatur (Materials for a handbook of Soviet Jewish literature) (September 1975); Komyug, literarish-kinstlerisher zamlbukh ([Jewish] Communist Youth, literary-artistic anthology) (Moscow, 1938); Onheyb (Beginning) (Kiev, 1940); and Eynikeyt (Unity).  He was sent to the front right at the beginning of the Soviet-German war.  As a member of the cavalry, he took part in a number of great battles.  He edited at the front a divisional newspaper.  Among his books: Funken (Sparks), poems (Moscow, 1940), 64 pp.; Mit biks in hant (With gun in hand), poems (Moscow, 1947), 126 pp.  “He recounted in concise lines from his own experiences of harsh battles….” according to N. Y. Gotlib.  “His writing method was the familiar socialist realism.”  He died in Kirovohrad.

Sources: M. Natovitsh, in Eynikeyt (October 28, 1943); Y. Serebryani, in Eynikeyt (April 24, 1947); A. Kushnirov, in Naye prese (Paris) (July 27, 1945); N. Y. Gotlib, in Tsukunft (May 1951).

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 129.]

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