Friday 23 October 2015


FROYM DAVIDZON (EFRAIM DAVIDSON) (June 21, 1899-June 27, 1964)
           He was born in the village of Dombroven (Dumbrăveni), near Soroka (Soroca), Bessarabia.  His father, Sheftl, was a businessman and mohel.  He studied in religious primary schools and on his own mastered secular subject matter.  From his youth he worked as a Hebrew teacher in Romania and Bessarabia.  From 1930 he was living in Israel, where he worked as a teacher in Ramat Gan.  He was active in a number of cultural institutions in Israel and a co-founder of the society of folklore “Yeda Am” (Folklore).  He made a trip to the United States in 1952.  He began writing humorous sketches and feature pieces in Yiddish in the Yiddish press in Bessarabia and Poland.  He published in Undzer tsayt (Our time) in Kishinev, in Moment (Moment) in Warsaw, and elsewhere.  In Hebrew he published in Israeli humorous publications, such as: Keyad hamelekh (Plentiful) and Mehodu vead kush (From India to Ethiopia).  He was the author of such Hebrew-language children’s books as: Hedad aliti! (Raise a cheer!) (Tel Aviv, 1938), 60 pp.; Tsilume reḥovi (Photographs of my street); and the Hebrew-language humor anthology, Seḥok pinu (Laughter from the mouth) (Tel Aviv, 1951), 515 pp., with a foreword by Dov Sadan.  This anthology includes a large selection of humor from Yiddish literature, with biographies of the represented Yiddish writer.  He died in Ramat-Gan.

Sources: Moyshe Shtarkman, in Dos idishe folk (New York) (March-May 1952), pp. 44-47; D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 5 (Tel Aviv, 1952), pp. 2278-79.

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