Monday, 1 May 2017


Y. S. LIFSHITS-LEVI (b. 1864)
            He was born in a town near Vitebsk, Byelorussia.  In 1888 he moved to Paris where he was active among Russian anarchist student groups, befriended Rudolf Rocker, and traveled with him to London.  He was a contributor to Arbayter fraynd (Worker’s friend) in London, in which, aside from correspondence pieces from Paris (until 1894), he also published articles and translations from Russian and French.  He translated—for the anarchist groups “Arbayter fraynd” and “Frayheyt” (Freedom)—a series of pamphlets from Russian and French, some signed and some unsigned, among them (using the name S. L. Lifshits) two works by Sébastien Faure: Di ferbrekhen fun got (The crimes of God) (London, 1879), 46 pp.; and Der mensh (Man) (London, 1901), 55 pp.  He was thought to have returned to Russia in 1918 after the Revolution.

Sources: Rudolf Rocker, In shturem (In the storm) (Buenos Aires, 1952), pp. 33, 36, 361, 560; Sh. Linder, in Fraye arbeter-shtime (New York) (June 12, 1943); information from S. Margoshes in Lakewood, and from S. Drezl in Milwaukee.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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