Friday 30 May 2014


HARI AYZMAN (HARRY EISMANN) (b. December 2, 1915)

Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia.  His father was a house painter.  He studied in religious school.  He became an orphan, losing both parents, and in 1922 he came with his two older sisters to the United States where their brother lived.  He studied there in public school, but he was forced early on to start working.  While still young, he became a member and leader of the Communist “pioneer” organization.  In 1929 he was arrested at a demonstration for slugging a policeman.  He was in a Jewish disciplinary institution for “spoiled” boys.  He left the United States in 1930 and settled in the Soviet Union where he published articles in the Yiddish and Russian press.  He also published several brochures in Yiddish, Russian, and English.  During the war against the Nazis, he served as an officer in the Red Army.  His subsequent career is unknown.  Among his books: Gezerd un internatsyonale kinder-dertsiung (GEZERD [All-Union Association for the Agricultural Settlement of Jewish Workers in the USSR] and international children’s stories), on the tenth inter-ethnic children’s week, together with N. Levin (Moscow, 1930), 28 pp.; Komyugist, gedenk di friling-parzey-kampanye un di kolektivizatsye (Komyugist [Komsomol member], remembering the spring sowing campaign and collectivization) (Moscow, 1930), 31 pp.; Khausorn (Defect) (Kiev, 1934), 120 pp.

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