LAZAR LAMPEL (July 25, 1904-May 25, 1965)
He was born in Kantshuge (Kańczuga), near Przemyśl, Galicia. He studied in religious primary school and in a Polish public school. In 1920 he moved to the United States, worked in a variety of trades, and later graduated from the Jewish teachers’ seminar of the Workmen’s Circle in New York. He debuted in print with a story in Frayhayt (Freedom) in New York (1921), and from that point he published poetry, stories, and chapters of a novel about American Jewish working life in: Yung-kuzhnye (Young smithy), Der pyoner (The pioneer), Yugnt (Youth), Hamer (Hammer), Spartak (Spartacus), Feder (Pen), and Yunyon-skver (Union Square)—in New York; Zeglen (Sails) in Paterson, New Jersey; and Der kamf (The struggle) in Toronto; among others. In 1939 he settled in Los Angeles, where he served as a regular contributor to Kalifornyer idishe shtime (California Jewish voice) until the last year of its existence (1949). He died in New York.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen archive (YIVO, New York); Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; A. Pomerants, Proletpen (Proletarian pen) (Kiev, 1935), p. 212.
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