Sunday, 11 August 2019


ZEV-VOLF SHUR (October 27, 1844-January 24, 1910)[1]
            He was a Hebrew journalist and author, born in Utyan (Utena), Lithuania.  In 1888 he emigrated to the United States.  He lived in New York, Baltimore, Boston, St. Louis, and Chicago.  He was among the pioneers of the Hebrew press and Zionism in America.  He wrote little in Yiddish: in Gershoni’s Idishe post (Jewish mail) and in his own published newspaper Der baltimorer izraelit (The Baltimore Israelite), as well as Yudisher herald (Jewish herald) and Di tsayt (The times) in New York (1897).  He published the pamphlet Tishebov izraels troyertog, a fortrog (Tisha b’Av, Israel’s day of mourning, a report) (St. Louis, 1895?), 36 pp.  He died in Chicago.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Meravya, 1967); Kalmen Marmor, Der onhoyb fun der yidisher literatur in amerike, 1870-1890 (The start of Yiddish literature in America, 1870-1890) (New York: Writers’ Section of IKUF, 1944); Genazim (Tel Aviv) 1 (1961), pp. 308-25; Jacob Tabakoff, “The Role of Wolf Schur as Hebraist and Zionist,” offprint (Cincinnati, 1985).
Berl Cohen

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 555.]

[1] Zalmen Reyzen gives a birth year of 1839.

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