Sunday 1 November 2015


            He was born in Mitave (Mitava), Latvia, into a well-to-do family.  He received both a Jewish and a general education.  He graduated from a Russian high school.  He studied music in Germany and Italy.  In 1908 he moved to Lodz and became director of the “German Synagogue,” while at the same time serving as singing teacher in the Russian Jewish public school.  He was the composer of a number of liturgical compositions.  For many years he worked as music reviewer for the Lodz Yiddish press.  He was a regular contributor to Nayes folks blat (New people’s newspaper) in Lodz, in which in addition to reviews and notices of concerts he also published stories concerning famous composers and cantors.  He also contributed to Di shul- un khazonim-velt (The synagogue and cantorial world) in Warsaw (1934-1938) and Teater shpigl (Theatrical mirror), among others.  He published also under the pen names: D. Ski, Yaz, and others.  He died in Lodz.

Sources: F. Milakovski, in Di shul- un khazonim-velt (Warsaw) (October 1937); Kh. L. Fuks, in Fun noentn over 3 (New York, 1957).

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