Friday 14 November 2014



He was a Soviet Yiddish writer who by trade was an agronomist, writer, and candidate in economics, born in the town of Raygrod (Rajgrod), Poland, into a family of retailers. He lived and worked in Kharkov, close to ethnic Jewish regions where he led propaganda and practical work as a specialist in the field of breeding. He frequently published articles in the Kharkov Yiddish newspapers Der yidisher poyer (The Jewish farmer), Dos sotsyalistishe dorf (The socialist village), and others on economic issues. He returned to Kharkov after WWII, and when the journal Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) began to appear in print in Moscow in 1961, he published reviews of the work of Yiddish writers.

He was the author of Vi azoy tsu firn di feld-virtshaft inem step-gegnt fun ukraine (How to conduct field economy in the steppe region of Ukraine) (Moscow, 1927), 68 pp.; and Vi azoy oyskhoven a gut gezunt yungfi (How to rear a healthy young calf) (Kharkov, 1932), 65 pp.  He used the pseudonym: Y. Altsamuel.

[Most information from: Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 36.]

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