Friday 29 May 2015


BOREKH GOLDHART (1897-May 13, 1950)
            He was born in the village of Horodyshche, Kiev region, Ukraine.  He was raised in Pyatigorye, same region.  He studied in religious elementary school with his father, a teacher, later with a Hebrew teacher in poor villages.  In 1912 he emigrated to New York, where he worked in various trades.  From 1922 he was living in Chicago.  His first publication was a poem which appeared in Idishe velt (Jewish world) in Philadelphia in 1916.  He later published poems and articles in Tog (Day), Yidishes tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper), Forverts (Forward), Varhayt (Truth), Frayhayt (Freedom), Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter), Kundes (Prankster), Dos idishe vort (The Jewish word), and Arbayter prese (Workers’ press) in New York; and in Chicago serials: Der yidisher record (The Jewish record), Yugend (Youth), Ineynem (Altogether), Shikago (Chicago), In nebl (In the haze), Rezonans (Resonance), Yung-shikago (Youth Chicago).  Representative of his work is a cycle of poems in the anthology Midvest-mayrev (Midwest-West) (Chicago, 1932-1933).  He published as well under the pen name B. Royzkind.  He was among the founders of the group “Yung-shikago” (Young Chicago) and served on the editorial board of their publications.  After a long illness, he died in Chicago.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; M. Khizkuni, in Pinkes shikago (Records of Chicago) (1952), col. 76; Midvest-mayrev anthology (Chicago, 1933), pp. 46-48.

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