ELYE (ELIYAHU) HIRSHIN (1878-1960)
He was born in Plonck, Poland, where he worked as a cantor, and he later graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory and became head cantor in Nikolaev, southern Russia, where he was also a teacher of singing in the Imperial Music School. After returning to Warsaw, he was until 1930 cantor in the Nożik Synagogue school, later at the Adat Yeshurun Sinai Synagogue, as well as a singing teacher at Hazemir (The nightingale). He composed music for a considerable number of songs and romances from Yiddish poets, adapted Yiddish folksongs and melodies to religious texts, and the like. He authored a Hebrew children’s opera, Hazemir, which was staged in Warsaw in 1910. He published stories, articles, and reviews concerning music and theater in: Moment (Moment), Ilustrirte vokh (Illustrated week), Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves), and Di shul- un khazonim-velt (The school and cantorial world)—in Warsaw; and Parizer haynt (Paris today); among others. At the start of WWII, he was in Paris. Subsequent information remains unknown.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928).