Sunday, 4 December 2016

SHNEUR YOFFE

SHNEUR YOFFE (b. ca. 1885)
            He was born in Kupishok (Kupiskis), Lithuania.  In his youth he had to help his family make ends meet—a household of fifteen persons.  At age thirteen he joined the Bund, and at age seventeen he was arrested.  In 1906 he moved to the United States.  He was a leader in the Workmen’s Circle and in the trade unions.  He published articles in Yudisher sotsyalist (Jewish socialist), edited by Y. B. Salitski.  He also wrote poetry.  During WWII he became ill with tuberculosis, stayed in a sanatorium run by the Workmen’s Circle in Liberty, New York, and there he came to know Daniel Charney.  Under Charney’s influence he wrote a volume of memoirs entitled Epizodn fun mayn lebn (Episodes from my life) (Boston, 1953), 151 pp., including three poems, with a foreword by Daniel Charney.
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