MOYSHE-ELYAHU (MORRIS) INDRITS (July 25, 1890-January 26, 1945)
Born in Ilukst (Illukst’), Courland (Kurland). He studied in religious schools and later was a university student. In 1914 he arrived in the United States where he worked as a Hebrew teacher. In 1918 he was a contributor to the daily Yidisher kuryer (Yiddish courier) in Chicago. He published stories and sketches in a series of provincial newspapers in America. In 1933 he began to publish Indritses yontef shriftn (Indrits’s holiday writings)—“printed on the eve of every holiday and Chanukah, under the editorship of Morris Indrits” (final edition, 42 pp., bearing the date: “February 1945”). In book form, he wrote In di getselten fun khabad, legendes vegn dem khsidishn rebn r’ shneur zalman milyadi, bakant als bal hatanya, un andere khsidishe ertselengen (In the tents of Chabad, legends of the Hassidic rebbe, R. Shneur Zalman of Liady, known as the Bal Hatanya, and other Hassidic tales) (Chicago, 1927), 252 pp., with an introduction by Dr. A. Margolin.
Sources: Zalman Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; P. Shvarts, in Forverts (New York) (November 14, 1945).
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