Friday 16 May 2014


ACHINOAM (1844-1910)
Pseudonym of Froym Shmulevitsh, born in Lodz into a poor Hassidic family.  He studied in religious schools.  He was a well-known wedding entertainer and marshal at weddings in Lodz.  He was the author of a number of folksongs which were sung in Lodz at the end of the nineteenth and start of the twentieth century, among them: Dos lid vegn lodzher rabunek (The song of a Lodz rabbi), Mortkhe-gabes gas (Mortkhe the gabbai’s street), and Khayim zelig gey shoyn tsum doctor (Khayim Zelig has gone to the doctor already).  He published a booklet entitled Der nayer eykhe oder der lodzier umglik (The new Lamentations, or Lodz unhappiness), “written very properly by…” (Warsaw: Leyb Morgenshtern, 1905), 9 pp.  In it he wrote in primitive verse the events following the bloody Wednesday in Lodz during the revolutionary days in 1905.

Sources: G. Eyzner, Lodzher almanakh (Lodz almanac) (New York, 1934), p. 34; Kh. L. Fuks, Dos literarishe un kinstlerishe lodzh, fun noentn over (Literary and artistic Lodz, from the recent past) no. 3 (New York, 1956).

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