ARN PYUDIK (b. ca. 1907)
He was born in the town of Kiselin (Kysylyn), Volhynia. He attended religious elementary school and yeshiva. In 1917 he studied at the Zhitomir Yeshiva. In 1923 he moved to Bialystok and there began writing poetry and stories in Hebrew. He later took up writing in Yiddish. He debuted in print with a poem under the pen name P. U. Dik in Dos naye lebn (The new life). In 1925 he moved to Vilna. He was among the founders of “Yung Vilne” (Young Vilna). In 1930 he immigrated to Uruguay, was active there in the Communist Party, and helped to create the party newspaper Unzer fraynt (Our friend) in Montevideo, in which he published poetry and features under such pen names as A. Pik and Arke Proletl. In 1939 he left the Communist Party, and in 1944 he moved to Argentina. There he participated in the founding of Mapam (United Workers’ Party), and he helped create and edit the party newspaper Bleter (Sheets), in which he wrote articles, reviews, and features in its roughly thirty issues. In 1961 he began publishing a journal Problemen (Problems)—four issues appeared in print. In 1963 he made aliya to Israel. He wrote feature pieces for Yisroel shtime (Voice of Israel) in Tel Aviv, and over the years 1977-1983, he contributed to Letste nayes (Latest news) in Tel Aviv.
Source: Information from V. Yunin in New York.
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 429.