Wednesday, 10 June 2015


MOYSHE Z. GOLDSHTEYN (1900-August 11, 1943)
            He was born in Loshits (Losice), Shedlets (Siedlce) region, Poland, later moving to Warsaw.  In 1923 he emigrated to Argentina and worked in the knitwear industry.  He published stories, sketches, and miniatures, the majority drawn from Argentine Jewish life, in Di prese (The press) in Buenos Aires.  In 1932 he moved to Soviet Russia and settled in Birobidzhan.  He later moved on to Moscow where he graduated from the literature faculty of the Moscow Pedagogical Institute.  After the outbreak of war, he joined the Red Army, rising to the rank of commander.  He published war stories in Eynikeyt (Unity).  He died on the battlefield near Taganrog.  His books: a Yiddish translation of V. Korolenko, Turme-vanderungen (Prison wanderings [original: Sibirskie rasskazy (Siberian tales)]) (Warsaw, 1920), 149 pp.; Birobidzhaner afn amur, dertseylung (A man from Birobidzhan on the Amur River, a story) (Moscow, 1934), 103 pp.; Birobidzhaner dertseylungen (Tales from Birobidzhan) (Moscow, 1937); Birobidzhaner afn amur un andere dertseylungen (A man from Birobidzhan on the Amur River and other stories) (New York, 1944), 174 pp.

Sources: Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Yiddish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944); Sh. Klitenik, in Forpost (Birobidzhan) 2 (1936); M. Notovitsh, in Eynikeyt (Moscow) (August 31, 1943); T. Zalmenson, in Ikuf (Buenos Aires) (1943); Y. Dobrushin, in Yidishe kultur (New York) (January 1945); N. Mayzil, in Ikuf (May 1946); Y. Botoshanski, in Algemeyne entsiklopedye, vol. 2, “Yidn H” (New York, 1957), p. 381.

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