AVROM GERBOVOY (b. December 20, 1896)
He was born in Bobrinyets, Kherson region, southern Russia. In 1911 he and his parents emigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia. In 1918 he joined the Jewish Legion. In 1920 he returned to Philadelphia. He was a contributor to Kundes (Prankster) from 1917, to the legionnaire journal Tsum breg (To the shore), and above all to Idishe velt (Jewish world) in Philadelphia. In these he published songs, poems, “Erinerungen fun a leyoner” (Experiences of a legionnaire), and current events articles—the majority under the pen names of either Avrom Siro () or Avrom Ben-Shmuel. Among his books: Tsu dir (To you), poems (under the pseudonym Avrom Siro) (Philadelphia, 1934), 94 pp.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.
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