ARYE-LEYB SHVARTSBURG (ABRAHAM LOEB SCHWARTZBURG) (December 26, 1886-August 13, 1949)
The author of stories, he was born in Babruysk, Byrelorussia. He attended religious elementary schools and yeshivas in Berezin (Byerazino), Minsk, and Telz. Over the years 1920-1927, he lived in eastern Siberia, where he became acquainted with the wild tribes there. In 1914 he came to the United States. He worked as a Hebrew teacher and was later a dentist. In 1910 he began writing in Russian periodicals. From 1914 he wrote stories and articles in: Tsukunft (Future), Forverts (Forward), Tog (Day), Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), Di tsayt (The times), Der amerikaner (The American), Dos idishe folk (The Jewish people), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Feder (Pen), Nyu-yorker vokhnblat (New York weekly newspaper), Shikago (Chicago), and Keneder odler (Canadian eagle), among others. In book form: Der khurbn fun mayn shtetl un ire kdoyshim (The destruction of my hometown and its martyrs) (New York, 1934), 40 pp.; In thom, sibirer dertseylungen (At the abyss, Siberian stories) (New York: TSIKO, 1951), 295 pp. He also wrote a few poems in Hebrew. His work appeared in Nokhum Shteynberg’s Yidish amerike (Yiddish America) (New York, 1929). He died in Brooklyn.
Sources: Shmuel Niger, in Tog (New York) (April 5, 1952); A. Mukdoni, in Morgn-zhurnal (New York) (April 27, 1952).