Wednesday, 16 September 2015


MOYSHE GERSHENZON (1903-April 16, 1943)
            He was a Soviet Yiddish playwright, satirist, and author of fables, born in Chernikhov, Ukraine.  He belonged to the Soviet Yiddish writers group which originated shortly before WWII.  He wrote from Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) in Moscow in 1943.  He acquired a reputation primarily from his plays: Hershele ostropolyer (Hershele of Ostropol) and Mayn zun (My son).  He died on the front in the war against the Nazis.

Sources: I. Kupnis, in Eynikeyt (Moscow) (September 25, 1945); Kh. Loytsker, in Eynikeyt (October 7, 1947); B. Mark, in Folksshtime (Lodz) 49-50 (1947); L. Olitski, comp., Dimentn far ale (Diamonds for everyone) (Warsaw, 1951), p. 107.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 167.]

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