LEYVI FRIDMAN (December 25, 1896-March 19, 1928)
He was born in Warsaw, Poland. Until age twelve he studied in religious elementary school, later becoming a laborer. In 1913 he came to the United States and engaged in various forms of work. His publishing debut was the book Der ruf tsu zikh (The call to oneself), lyrical-philosophical miniatures about God, man, and the world (New York, 1923), 276 pp. This was a work that was sharply influenced, it appears, by Nietzsche. He later published poems, miniatures, essays on literature and art, and philosophical ideas in: Tog (Day), Frayhayt (Freedom), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), and Di feder (The pen), among others. His book, In shtiln fargeyn (In the quiet sunset), lyrical-philosophical meditations, verses, and miniatures (New York: I. V. Biderman, 1920), 176 pp., appeared posthumously. He died in New York.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; H. Leivick, Kultur (Chicago) 5 (1929); Shmuel Niger, in Tsukunft (New York) (August 1933); Y. N. Shteynberg, Mit eyn fus in amerike, perzonen, gesheenishn un ideen (With one foot in America, personalities, events, and ideas) (Mexico City, 1951), pp. 101-7, 130.
Khayim Leyb Fuks