Tuesday, 14 April 2015


ITSIK BRONFMAN (1913-1978)
He was a Soviet Jewish poet, born in Khashtshevate, Ukraine.  He worked as a machinist in a locomotive depot.  From 1934 he was living in Birobidzhan.  He began publishing poems in 1929.  His work appeared in Birobidzhaner shtern (Birobidzhan star) and Birobidzhaner alamankh (Birobidzhan almanac).  During WWII, he served in the Russian army at the front.  Among his books: Af likhtike vegn (Along lighted roads), poems (1948), published by the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan.  His writing was included in the anthology Yidishe avtonome gegnt (The Jewish Autonomous Region) (Khabarovsk, 1960).

Sources: Y. Dobrushin, in Eynikeyt (Moscow) (November 18, 1948); N. Fridman, in Eynikeyt (May 17, 1947); Keneder odler (November 4, 1946).

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 116.]

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