Sunday 9 August 2015


BEN GILMAN (November 14, 1889-May 30, 1954)
            He was born in Kitaigorod, Kiev region, Ukraine.  He studied in a religious primary school.  In 1903 he emigrated with his family to the United States.  Several years prior to WWI, he published poems and stories in: Tsayt-gayst (Spirit of the times), Di varhayt (The truth), and Der idisher arbayter (The Jewish worker).  He was for a time president of the “Gordin Literary Circle.”  Later he was the press agent and theatrical manager of various Jewish theaters in New York and in the provinces.  He died in New York.

Sources: Z. Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun idishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 1; Dr. M. Sverdlin, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (June 3, 1954); Moyshe Krishtal, in Forverts (Juny 4, 1954).

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