Friday 22 August 2014


Born in Riga, Latvia.  He studied in religious elementary school, and secular secondary school and commercial school.  His first poems appeared in 1918 in local Russian newspapers.  In 1923 he emigrated to the United States.  He published poems in New York Russian-language publications.  In 1933 he began writing in Yiddish.  His poetry appeared in: Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), Tog (Day), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Oyfkum (Arise), Tsukunft (Future), Undzer veg (Our way), Gerekhtikeyt (Justice), and Kinder zhurnal (Children’s journal), all in New York; Shikage (Chicago); Di shtime (The voice) in Mexico; Undzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris; Loshn un lebn (Language and life) in London; Der shpigl (The mirror) and Argetiner beymelekh (Argentine trees) in Bueno Aires.  Among his books: Morgnroyt un demerung, lider (Dawn and twilight, poems) (New York, 1940), 160 pp.  He translated into Russian poems by Yiddish writers.  More recently he published poems in English as well.  His pseudonyms: Leonid Opalov in Russia; Leonard Opalov in English.  He was living in New York.

Sources: Shmuel Niger, in Tog (April 1940); Dr. A. Mukdoni, in Morgn-zhurnal (April 1940); Y. Y. Kinis, in Forverts (May 1940).

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