NOTE GRABYE (b. 1908)
He was best known by his pen name “N. Graf.” The son of the rabbi of Szniadow, R. Menakhem Meir Grabye, he was born in Ostrolenke. He studied in religious primary schools and yeshivas, and secular subjects in Tachkemoni schools. In 1928 he began publishing novellas in the Warsaw Orthodox daily newspaper Der yud (The Jew). He later became a contributor to the daily Ovnt kuryer (Evening courier), and he was responsible for this paper’s local news department. He worked for a time on the editorial board of the weekly Varshever kuryer (Warsaw courier). From 1930 he was on the editorial board of Hayntike nayes (Today’s news) in which he also published lighter popular features. In the 1930s he worked on the editorial board of Haynt (Today) in Warsaw. Over the years 1935-1937, he traveled about as the special envoy of the newspaper to Polish Jewish communities, and he published fascinating notices and reportage pieces about various cities and towns. We have no subsequent biographical information. At the start of WWII, he disappeared and his fate remains unknown.
Sources: Haynt yoyvl-bukh, 1908-1938 (Jubilee volume for Haynt, 1908-1938) (Warsaw, 1938); Dr. R. Feldshuh, Yidisher gezelshaftlekher leksikon (Jewish communal handbook) (Warsaw, 1939).
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