MORTKHE (MORRIS) FINKEL (1885-July 27, 1940)
The older brother of Leo Finkelshteyn, he was born in Radom, Poland, into a scholarly Hassidic family. After emigrating to the United States, he lived in Chicago, where, together with V. Natanzon and Y. Babinsky, he founded an Yiddish culture club in 1925. He contributed articles to various Yiddish newspapers and journals. He and Babinsky translated from English: Lebn un materye (Life and matter) by Herbert Wildon Carr (Chicago, 1937), 23 pp.; and Dray dyalogn tsvishn haylos un filonus (Three dialogues between Hylas and Philonous) by George Berkeley (Chicago, 1938), 243 pp.; and William James, “Der viln tsu gloybn” (The Will to Believe), in Yidishe shriftn (Yiddish writings) (New York) 4.3 (1944). He was also a lecturer to wings of the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance and other popular Jewish organizations. He died in Chicago.
Sources: A. Mukdoni, in Morgn zhurnal (New York) (January 23, 1935); obituary notice in Der shpign (Buenos Aires) (October 8, 1940).