Sunday 18 January 2015


ELAZAR BEYZER (LOUIS BAIZER) (September 1, 1893-January 30, 1976)
     Born in Felshtin, Podolye, until age fourteen he studied in a religious primary school.  He graduated from high school in Odessa in 1918.  In 1920 he was studying jurisprudence at Kiev University.  That year he went to Moscow and was mobilized into the army.  He went through the civil war, and at the end of 1922 he emigrated to the United States.  His first publication was a sketch (1932) which appeared in the magazine Shikago (Chicago).  He produced similar pieces and critical writings for: Tsukunft (Future), Gedank (Thought), Undzer folk (Our people), Untervegs (Pathways), Yidisher kemfer (Jewish fighter), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Kultur un dertsiung (Culture and education), Fraynd (Friend), and the anthology Felshtin (1937).  Among his books: Tsug numer zibn (Move number seven) (New York, 1939), 124 pp.; Mit andere oygn, novele (With other eyes, a novel) (New York, 1959), 513 pp.; Alt un nay, novele (Old and new, a novel) (New York, 1967), 300 pp.

Sources: Dr. A. Mukdoni, in Morgn-zhurnal (New York) (August 16, 1939); H. Rogof, in Forverts (New York) (August 20, 1939); E. Shulman, in Proletarisher gedank (New York) (June 1, 1940).

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 81.]

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