M. GAFNI (b. May 26, 1883)
Pen name of Moyshe Vaynshtok, he was born in Jassy (Iași), Romania. He received a Jewish and a general education. In 1911 he graduated as a medical doctor from Jassy University and went on to practice in Galați where he was also active in the Jewish labor and cultural movements. From 1905 he began publishing poetry, stories, and feature pieces (also using the pen name Moyshke) in Hayoets (The advisor) in Bucharest and Likht (Light) in Jassy (1915), among others. For the Romanian Jewish periodical Hatikva (in Galați) poems by Peretz, Bialik, Avrom Reyzen, and Yankev Groper; and from Romanian and Hungarian into Yiddish, among others, “Der apostol” (The apostle) by Sándor Petőfi, as well as works by Lermontov and Pushkin from Russian.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.
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