Thursday 14 May 2015


KHAYIM GOTESFELD (June 17, 1895-March 24, 1948)
            He was born in Skala, near Zbarazh, Galicia, the younger brother of Khone Gotesman.  He studied in religious elementary school, the synagogue study hall, and in a state-sponsored public school.  In late 1913 he emigrated to the United States, living in New York and Philadelphia, and working in a variety of trades.  He was also active in the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance.  He began publishing in Sanoker folks-fraynd (Sanok [Poland] friend of the people) in 1911, later in Lemberger togeblat (Lemberg daily newspaper) in 1912-1913.  In America, he contributed to Idishe velt (Jewish world) in Philadelphia, Idisher vekhter (Jewish watchman) in Cleveland, Yudishe shtime (Jewish voice) in California, Nyu-yorker vokhnblat (New York weekly news) for which he worked as secretary for a time, and Tog (Day) and Forverts (Forward) in New York—writing humorous sketches and stories, often using the pen names Khag hatsair, Khad gadye, Roze Frenkel, and Khayml, among others.  He died in New York.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; Y. Libman, in Nyu-yorker vokhnblat (April 2, 1948).

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