Monday 15 June 2015


MOYSHE-ALTER GONTSER (February 8, 1879-August 31, 1940)
            He was born in Vilkomir (Ukmergė), Lithuania.  He studied in religious elementary school and in a yeshiva.  Later he was an external student in Vilna, and he subsequently went to study in Berlin.  For a time he worked as Reuven Brainin’s secretary.  He published essays and correspondence pieces in: Hamelits (The advocate), Hatsifra (The times), Hatsofe (The spectator), Luaḥ aḥiasef (Calendar of Aḥiasef), Hador (The generation), Haolam (The world), Der yud (The Jew), Der fraynd (The friend), Der veg (The way), Haynt (Today), Moment (Moment), Vilner tog (Vilna day), Tsukunft (Future) (in April and December issues of 1912, a story of his appeared), and in other American Yiddish publications.  Among his books: Der historisher moment, batrakhtungen vegn yidishe tsaytfrages (The historical moment, examinations of contemporary questions facing Jews) (Berlin, 1919), 26 pp.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; obituary notice in Hadoar (The mail) (December 13, 1940); Shmuel Niger, in Tsukunft (May-June 1942). Additional information (and image) from Joseph Galron at:

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