Monday 12 October 2015


            He was born in Shedlets (Siedlce), Poland.  He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva.  From 1919 he was serving in the Polish military, and during the Polish-Russian war of 1920, he was taken prisoner by the Soviets.  He later returned home and worked as a sign painter in Shedlets.  His first stories and poems in prose were published in Weissenberg’s Yudishe zamlbikher (Jewish anthologies) (1918).  He was a major contributor to local periodicals, such as: Shedletser shtime (Voice of Shedlets) and Shedletser vokhnblat (Shedlets weekly newspaper), among others.  In book form: Blumen, legendn (Flowers, legends) (Shedlets, 1923), 20 pp.; Fun blutigen feld, detseylungen fun a zelner (From a bloody field, stories of a soldier) (Shedlets, 1927), 47 pp.  In January 1927, together with Y. Kh. Ayzenberg and Y. Tenenboym, he brought a bimonthly magazine, Vortslen (Roots); only two issues appeared.  He was in the Shedlets ghetto, from which in 1943 he was deported to Treblinka and there murdered.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; Yitskhok Kaspi, in Yivo-bleter (New York) 36 (1952), pp. 361-62; E. Faynzilber, Af di khurves fun mayn heym, khurbn shedlets (On the destruction of my home, the Holocaust in Shedlets) (Tel Aviv, 1952); Y. Kaspi, in Sefer yizkor lekehilat shedlets (Remembrance volume for the community of Shedlets) (Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires, 1956), pp. 266-67.

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