MOYSHE LENTSHITS (b. 1887)
He hailed from Galicia. Until age fourteen he attended religious elementary school, later becoming a worker in a tailor shop. In 1903 he immigrated to the United States, worked for many years in sweatshops, and was an active leader in the first union (“the United Garment Workers”) in New York, later in Local 10 of the Amalgamated. At the time of the split in the mid-1920s, he went with the left wing and was active in their sections in the unions. He began writing for Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York (1913), later publishing stories and articles in: Morgn-frayhayt (Morning freedom), Di naye post (The new mail) (1925-1929), Der tsentrist (The centrist) (1927-1928), Nyu yorker vokhnblat (New York weekly newspaper), and Di feder (The pen), among others, in New York. In book form: Kinder fun shap, bilder un dertseylungen fun arbeter-lebn (Children in sweatshops, images and stories of workers’ lives) (New York: Royte fedim, 1930), 96 pp. He was last living in Miami Beach, Florida.
Sources: Information from Local 10 Amalgamated and from S. Shelly in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks