Friday, 29 January 2016


SHIYE (JOSHUA) GERSHMAN (June 5, 1903-1988)
            He was born in Sokolov (Sokoliv), Ukraine.  He studied in a Jewish public school.  In 1921 he emigrated to Canada, living in Winnipeg and later in Toronto.  He was active in the leftist Jewish movement.  He began writing for Frayhayt (Freedom) in New York.  From 1936 he contributed political and literary articles to: Der kamf (The struggle) and Der veg (The way) in Toronto; Hamer (Hammer), Yidishe kultur (Jewish culture), and Morgn frayhayt (Morning freedom) in New York, among others.  From 1940 he edited Vokhnblat (Weekly newspaper) in Toronto.  His used the pen name “Ishika.”  He died in Toronto.

Source: Kh. L. Fuks, Hundert yor yidishe un hebreishe literatur in kanade (A century of Yiddish and Hebrew literature in Canada) (Montreal, 1980).

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 167.

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