Friday, 6 July 2018


ARN PORTNOY (September 15, 1883-May 1957)
            He was born in the village of Dobroslavke (Dobrosławka), Pinsk district, Poland.  With his father he learned some modern Hebrew and Russian.  From age twelve he worked in tailoring and at the same time studied diligently.  In 1905 he left for the United States and worked in a factory making electric lamps.  He debuted in print with a sketch entitled “Mayn shop” (My shop) in a contest of shop images run by Forverts (Forward) (June 1924).  He later published several longer stories and sketches in Yung-kuznye (Young smithy) and in the monthly journal Der baginen (The dawn).  Among his pen names: A. Dombroslavker.  He died in New York.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Der amerikaner (New York) (May 17, 1957).
Yankev Kahan

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