Friday 11 December 2015


            He hailed from Minsk, Byelorussia, where he was a Yiddish teacher, belonged to the “United” socialist party in Minsk, and wrote for its publications.  In the early 1920s he was deported to Kazakhstan.  Later, over the years 1924-1927, he published articles in Oktyaber (October) in Minsk, including a piece entitled “Mendele in shul” (Mendele in school).  He was the author of: Alefbeys far dervaksene (The alphabet for adults), with detailed instructions for teachers (Minsk, 1921), 43 pp.; Lenins ruf far dervaksene (Lenin’s call for adults), vols. 1 and 2 (Kharkov, 1928-1929).  He also compiled: (with E. Kapshits and Y. Kurland), Literatur, khrestomatye farn 6tn shulyor (Literature, a reader for the sixth school year) (Minsk, 1930), 418 pp.; and (with D. Kurland) Dovid bergelson in shul (Dovd Bergelson in school) (Minsk: State Publ., 1933), 248 pp.  Further biographical details remain unknown.

Sources: A. Gurshteyn, Visnshaftlekhe yorbikher (Scholarship yearbooks) (Moscow) 1 (1929); Sh. Hurvits-Zalkes, Zikhroynes vegn der nayer yidisher shul (Memoirs concerning the new Jewish school) (New York, 1950), pp. 61-73.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 205.]

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