Tuesday 3 November 2015


YISROEL DUA (1889-February 25, 1921)
            His surname at birth was Regnboygn.  He was born in Shedlets (Siedlce), Poland.  His father worked in printing.  He studied in religious elementary school.  At age ten he moved to Warsaw, where he studied on his own in a small Hassidic synagogue.  In 1903-1904, he was carried away by the revolutionary movement.  He joined the Bund and carried out various missions for the party.  He emigrated to the United States in 1912 and settled in Chicago, and he began publishing sketches and stories in the local Der yudisher kuryer (The Jewish courier).  He was drafted into the American army in 1916.  He experienced a number of battles on the front in France.  Later, inspired by his experiences in war, he published a series of stories in Forverts (Forward).  After WWI he became a member of the Chicago editorial board for the Forverts.  He established the cultural association “Humor un satire” (Humor and satire), which focused on young Jewish intellectuals in Chicago.  Early in 1921 he became news editor of Forverts in New York.  Just two months after his assuming this new position, he suddenly died of blood poisoning.  After his death, his friends from “Humor un satire” in Chicago brought a collection of his: Geklibene shriftn (Selected writings) (Chicago, 1921), 64 pp.  His novellas were naturalistic portraits of immigrant life.

Source: Forverts (New York) (February 27, 28, 1921).

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