Thursday 1 October 2015


BEN-TSIEN GRINBOYM (1900-January 1943)
            He was born in Lodz, Poland, into a well-to-do Hassidic family.  He studied in religious elementary school, synagogue study hall, and with private tutors.  For a time he worked as a merchant, later studying painting in Warsaw and Cracow.  Until 1939 he remained in Lodz.  Over the years 1940-1943, he was in the Warsaw Ghetto.  His literary activities began with Hassidic fables and stories, later moving to art criticism.  He contributed to: Lodzher tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper), Nayer folksblat (New people’s newspaper), S’feld (The field), and Yidisher zhurnalist (Jewish journalist)—all in Lodz; Bafrayung (Liberation) and Unzer zhurnalist (Our journalist) in Warsaw; and Pabyonitser tsaytung (Pabianice newspaper).  He was murdered during the January Aktion in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Sources: Yidishe shriftn (Yiddish writings) (Lodz, 1946), p. 3; B. Mark, Umgekumene shrayber fun di getos un lagern (Murdered writers from the ghettos and camps) (Warsaw, 1954), pp. 59, 68; Kh. L. Fuks, in Fun noentn over 3 (New York, 1957).

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