Tuesday, 13 August 2019


AVROM SHTARK (1886-August 1970)
            He was born in Volbrom (Wolbrom), Poland.  He studied in yeshiva until age eighteen.  In his early twenties he came to the land of Israel and was a cofounder of the Communist Party.  He later returned to Poland and was active in Communist work.  Disappointed with Communism, in 1959 he settled down back in Israel.  He wrote an autobiographical novel about Jewish life in Poland in the 1930s, translated from the Yiddish manuscript into Hebrew by Aryeh Shental as Aḥai bagdu kemo-naḥal (My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook) (Kiryat-Tiv’on, 1972), 268 pp.  This was thought to be the first part of a trilogy.  He died in Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel.

Sources: N. List, in Davar (Tel Aviv) (Tevet 3 [= December 8], 1972); A. Perlis, in Al hamishmar (Tel Aviv) (Shevat 30 [= February 2], 1973).
Berl Cohen

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