Monday 3 August 2015


MEYER GUSIN (March 4, 1892-February 12, 1958)
            He was born in the town of Vietke, Mohilev district, Byelorussia, into a family of well-to-do scholarly followers of the Jewish Enlightenment who were timber merchants.  He received a traditional Jewish education in religious elementary school.  At age fifteen, he moved with his parents to Homel (Gomel), and there he studied higher-level Jewish subject matter as well as in a Russian commercial school.  In 1913 he emigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg.  For many years he contributed to Dos yidishe vort (The Yiddish word) in Winnipeg and Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal, where he published stories, sketches, humorous pieces, feature articles, and theater reviews.  He was the author of a number of theater pieces which were staged in Canada and the United States.  From 1953 he was librarian for the Jewish public library in Winnipeg.  He died in Winnipeg.

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