Thursday, 11 July 2019

SHLOYME SHAVLER (SOLOMON BUIRSKI)


SHLOYME SHAVLER (SOLOMON BUIRSKI) (b. April 4, 1892)
            He was born (with the original surname Boyarski) in Kovno.  He studied in the Telz Yeshiva and graduated from a high school in Libave (Liepāja), Latvia.  He went to attend university in Berlin and Berne.  In 1913 he emigrated to Johannesburg.  Until 1918 he lived in Prince Albert, from 1925 in Cape Town, and 1930-1961 in Johannesburg; from 1964 he was living in London.  He was a Bundist, later becoming one of the founders of the Communist Party of South Africa.  He wrote a little poetry for Dorem-afrike (South Africa) in Johannesburg and Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) in Moscow.  In book form: Mayn lite, memuarn fun 1892-1913 (My Lithuania, memoirs from 1892-1913) (Johannesburg: Kayor, 1976), 142 pp.  Two subsequent parts were said to be prepared for publication.

Source: Elvi (Z. Levi), in Dorem-afrike (Johannesburg) (July-August 1976).
Berl Cohen


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