Wednesday, 14 August 2019

AVROM-SHOLEM SHTEYN


AVROM-SHOLEM SHTEYN (October 2, 1900-December 2, 1960)
            A Hebrew story writer and journalist, he was born in Bialystok.  For several years from 1951, he was editor of Davar (Word) in Tel Aviv.  He authored many Hebrew-language books, among them the monograph: Ḥaver artur, demuyot veperakim meḥaye habund (Comrade Arthur, characters and episodes from the life of the Bund) (Tel Aviv, Nyuman, 1952/1953), 304 pp., about Shmuel-Mortkhe Zigelboym.  He did publish in Yiddish in: Tsukunft (Future) in New York; Kiem (Existence) and Unzer vort (Our word) in Paris; Meksikaner shriftn (Mexican writings) in Mexico City; and Di goldene keyt (The golden chain), Heymish (Familiar), and Naye yisroel tsaytung (New Israel newspaper) in Tel Aviv; among others.  He edited a dozen remembrance volumes: Bendin (Będzin), Sokhatshev (Sochaczew), Kletsk (Klieck), and elsewhere—all with both Yiddish and Hebrew.  He compiled and translated Yisroel in kamf, zamlung fun shilderungen un reportazhn fun der yidish-arabisher milkhome (Israel at struggle, a collection of descriptions and reportage pieces from the Jewish-Arab war) (Tel Aviv, 1948), 128 pp.  He translated into Hebrew Mendl Man’s Bay di toyern fun moskve (At the gates of Moscow) as Beshaare moskva, included in Shmuel Niger’s Kidesh hashem, a zamlung geklibene, oft gekritste barikhtn, briv, khronikes, tsavoes, oyfshriftn, legendes, lider, dertseylungen, dramatishe stsenes, eseyen, vos moln oys mesires-nefesh in undzere un oykh in frierdike tsaytn (Sanctification of the name, an anthology selected, often abridged report, letters, chronicles, wills, inscriptions, legends, poems, stories, dramatic scenes, essays, which depict martyrdom in our present and earlier times) (New York: Tsiko, 1948).  He also published a pamphlet in Yiddish: Medines yisroel un unzer shlikhes, problemen fun der bavegung (The state of Israel and our assignment, problems of the movement) (Paris, 1949), 42 pp.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Meravya, 1967); David Tidhar, Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vols. 10, 11, 15 (Tel Aviv, 1959, 1961, 1966); Mortkhe Hampel, in Naye yisroel tsaytung (Tel Aviv) (December 15, 1961); Yoysef Se-lavan (Joseph Selavan), in Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (February 6, 1976).
Ruvn Goldberg
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