Thursday 6 August 2015


            He was born in Radzymin, near Warsaw, Poland, into a well-to-do family; he was a cousin of the playwright Shloyme Gilbert.  He received a traditional Jewish education and later became a worker in a publishing business.  In 1911, after serving for a time in the Russian military, he moved to Shedlets (Siedlce) and opened a small publishing house.  Together with D. Naymark and Y. H. Fishman, in 1911 he was a founder of the first Yiddish newspaper in Shedlets, Shedletser vort (Shedlets word).  He published there his own first poems.  He also contributed to a collection of lyrical poetry together with D. Naymark, Di nakhtigal (The nightingale) (Shedlets, 1912), 32 pp. for Gilbert and 8 pp. for Naymark.  During WWI, he served in the Russian army, later settling in Switzerland.

Source: Y. Kaspi, in Sefer yizkor lekehilat shedlets (Remembrance volume for the community of Shedlets) (Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires, 1956). (b. 1888)

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