MANYE LIFSHITS (LIPSHITS) (b. 1906)
She was born in Sokolke (Sokółka), Poland. She lived from 1912 until 1920 in Bialystok, thereafter in Minsk, where she was taken in by a children’s home. Until 1926 she lived in Vitebsk and studied at the local Jewish pedagogical technicum. In 1926 she moved to Montreal and later to Toronto, where she was a teacher in schools run by the Jewish People’s Order. In 1956 she broke with the left wing. She began writing for a children’s magazine Komunar (Communard) in Vitebsk (1922). She also published under her maiden name, Margole Kantorovitsh. In book form: Bletlekh fun a shturmisher tsayt (Pages from a violent time) (Toronto, 1977), 176 pp.
Source: Khayim Leyb 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. 340.
 Translator’s note. There is an English translation by Max Rosenfeld and Marcia Usishkin, Time Remembered: A Jewish Children’s Commune in the Soviet Union in the 1920s (Toronto: Lugus, 1991), 143 pp.