SROL (ISRAEL) OSMAN (November 12, 1887-June 8, 1951)
Born into a Hassidic scholarly household in Vishkove (Wyszków), Warsaw region. His first publication appeared in Hillel Zeitlin’s Idishes vokhnblat (Yiddish weekly newspaper) in 1906. He emigrated to the United States in 1909, returning to Poland in 1911 and 1913 before once again making the trip to America. For many years he was the agent for Tog (Day) in California. He published articles and stories in: Kundes (Prankster), Dos idishe folk (The Jewish people), Tog, Tsukunft (Future), Haivri (The Jew), Hatoren (The mast), and Hadoar (The mail). He translated into Yiddish Thomas Carlyle’s On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (Y. Iber heldn, heldn-fargeterung un dos heroishe in der geshikhte), though it was not published. Among his books: Dos bukh fun nisyoynes (The book of temptations), stories (Los Angeles, 1926), 288 pp. This book was also published in Hebrew as Sefer hanisyonot, mitokh alim balim (The book of temptations and trials) (Los Angeles, 1948), 224 pp. Shortly before his death, he traveled to Israel.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzin, Leksikon, vol. 1, pp. 141-42; A. Glants, “Dos yidishe lebn unter di palmen-beymer in kalifornye” (Jewish life under the palm trees of California), Tog (New York) (January 9, 1935).