Friday 17 April 2015


DOVID BROYN (September 7, 1876-September 6, 1945)
He was born in Ozorków, near Lodz.  In his youth he worked in a textile factory.  At age fifteen he published some short songs with melodies which were sung in his town.  He taught himself to read German and Russian, and he also attempted to write verse in German.  In 1903 he emigrated to the United States, where he became a weaver in Patterson, New Jersey.  From 1905 he published in Teglikher herald (Daily herald), edited by M. Hermolin, and later in Forverts (Forward), as well as a large number of stories and images in various newspapers, which portrayed the life of a Jewish immigrant in America.  In 1917-1918 he published a series of articles in Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor) on problems of the Yiddish language, and he came out against the intrusion of Germanisms.  Among his pseudonyms: A plebeyer, A petersoner veber (A Patterson weaver), and Nokhum Kotsker.  Among his books: Mit oyg un harts, bilder un dertseylungen (With eye and heart, images and stories) (New York, 1922), 304 pp.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.

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