Wednesday, 23 March 2016


            He was the father of the poets Moyshe and Shmuel Helmond.  He was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine.  He was a Yiddish and Hebrew teacher.  He lived in Kiev, Odessa, Zhitomir, and in the town of Kutuzovo.  He was a cofounder of children’s homes for Jews made homeless by war.  He published in book form a variety of children’s songs with music he had composed himself, such as: Matses (Matzohs), Feter shneyer (Old Man Winter), Shneyelekh (Snowflakes)—all published in Moscow, in 1917, 4 pp.  He also contributed to the anthology Y.-l. perets (Y.-L. Perets) (Zhitomir, 1921); and was editor of the collection Lidelekh (Little poems), material for kindergarteners and children’s homes (Zhitomir, 1921), 18 pp.  He was in addition the compiler (with M. Bernshteyn) of the school anthology for children: Tsu leninen (For Lenin) (Moscow, 1926), 314 and 9 pp.  He also wrote: A zamlung fun pyonerishe lider mit notn (A collection of pioneer songs with musical notes) (Minsk: State Publishers, 1927), 32 pp., with Z. Vitenzon.  Further details remain unknown.

Sources: Z. Ratner and Y. Kvitko, Dos yidishe bukh in f. s. r. r. far di yorn 1917-1921 (The Yiddish book in the USSR for the years 1917-1921) (Kiev, 1930), see index; Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), p. 348.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 222.]

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