MOYSHE GERSHTEYN (1879-1920)
He was born in a town near Kiev, Ukraine. He received a Jewish and a general education, graduating from a Russian high school. In 1912 he moved to Lodz and worked until WWI as a teacher in a Russian Jewish public school. He was also active among the Labor Zionists. He began publishing translations of Russian and Ukrainian literature in Folksblat (People’s newspaper) in Lodz in 1912. In 1915 when his relative Lazar Kahan founded Lodzher folksblat (Lodz people’s newspaper), he became a regular contributor there until 1919, and in addition to his journalistic work, he also published feature pieces and translations from Russian and Ukrainian there. In March 1918 when the Germans allowed him to depart for Russia, he left Lodz and for a time was active in the cultural realm in Ukraine. According to information received, he was killed during the Petliura pogroms in 1920.
Source: Kh. L. Fuks, in Fun noentn over 3 (New York, 1957).
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