Tuesday, 2 May 2017


           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.[1]

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.

[1] 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.

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