LEYB NIRENSHTEYN (LOUIS NIRENSTEIN) (b. May 14, 1898)
He was born in the village of Pyesk (Peski, Piaski), Grodno district, Byelorussia. He studied in religious elementary school and in a public school, and then he became a laborer. He arrived in the United States in 1913. Until 1918 he was involved with the Labor Zionists in the Bronx, and he then joined the Jewish Legion which traveled from America to liberate the land of Israel from Turkish domination. He returned to the United States in 1919. From 1920 he was living in London. He published chapters of his experiences in the Jewish Legion in Di tsayt (The times) in London; these descriptions were later included in his book In kamf farn land, tog-bukh fun a idishen legyoner (In the fight for a country, diary of a Jewish legionnaire), with a forward by Vladimir Zhabotinsky (London, 1928), 160 pp.
Sources: M. M., in Di tsayt (London) (September 1924); V. Zhabotinsky, forward to In kamf farn land, tog-bukh fun a idishen legyoner (In the fight for a country, diary of a Jewish legionnaire) (London, 1928), p. 7.
Khayim Leyb Fuks