YOYEL FUS (b. June 2, 1896)
He was born in the village of Starzhava (Staryava), near Moshtsisk (Mosciska), Galicia. He graduated from the Jewish teachers’ institute in Vienna and for a time worked as a Hebrew teacher. In 1913 he moved to Belgium, settling in Antwerp. He was a member of the central committee of the Labor Zionist youth in Belgium. He debuted in print in Haivri (The Jew) in Berlin (1913). He contributed work to: Haolam (The world) in Berlin and London; Di yidishe prese (The Jewish press) in Antwerp; and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York; among others. Over the years 1921-1939, he was the Belgian correspondent to ITA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) in New York. He edited Yidisher almanakh (Jewish almanac), yearbook of the Jewish community in Belgium (Antwerp, 1933), 240 pp. He also wrote under such pen names as: Y. Ben Yoysef and Blumzon. From 1940 he was living in New York.
Sources: Moshe Kleynman, in Haolam (London) (October 1933); Sh. Tenenboym, Iev fun Lemberg, zikhroynes un dertseylungen (Job from Lemberg, memoirs and stories) (New York: CYCO, 1967), pp. 139-40.
Khayim Leyb Fuks