AVROM SHUER (October 24, 1868-January 13, 1940)
He was Hebrew and Yiddish journalist, born in Lutsin (Ludza), Latvia. He was the father of the painters Moses and Raphael Soyer. From 1912 he was living in the United States where he worked as a Hebrew teacher. He debuted in print in 1911 in Y. B. Levner’s Haperaḥim (The flowers). He later wrote stories, sketches, and works for children in a series of Hebrew periodicals. He began publishing in Yiddish in 1913 in Dos idishe folk (The Jewish people); later he wrote for: Tog (Day), Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter), Miller’s vokhenblat (Miller’s weekly newspaper), Der amerikaner (The American), Tsayt (Times), Morgn zhurnal (Morning journal), and Yiddish-language children’s magazines. From 1916 he was a regular contributor to Yidishes tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper). In Hebrew he published three volumes, two of them children’s literature. He died in New York.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Merḥavya, 1967).