Tuesday 20 May 2014


S. IVANOVITSH (May 1, 1881-February 24, 1944)
Adopted name of Sh. Portugeis.  Born in Kishinev to poor parents.  From a very young age, he joined the Jewish revolutionary movement.  He was a contributor to the Russian social democratic press.  In 1904 he was jailed and then exiled.  He was one of the leaders during the Potemkin uprising in Odessa.  He was in St. Petersburg in 1905, and following the 1905 Revolution he was a contributor to the radical daily Russian press.  In 1902 as an opponent of Bolshevism, he fled to Berlin.  After Hitler’s rise to power, he moved to Paris, and in 1942 he came to the United States.  He wrote in Yiddish, Russian, and in English as well.  He contributed to the English collection, Socialism, Fascism, and Communism (New York, 1934).  In his last years, he contributed to Sotsialisticheskii vestnik (Socialist herald).  From 1929 until his death, he wrote for the Forverts (Forward).

Source: L. Fogelman, in Tsukunft (July 1934).

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