DOVID GOLD (1850-1927)
He was born in Bessarabia. He was a Christian convert who carried on his missionary work in Yiddish. In the 1870s he lived in Odessa and in the mid-1880s he settled in Jerusalem. He corresponded with Mendele, A.Gotlober, M. Spektor, and others, but they did not know of his conversion. He wrote a bit for Roman-tsaytung (Fiction newspaper) and Yud (Jew) under pseudonyms. He contributed to Jewish missionary periodicals in Jassy (Iași), and Stockholm and edited the missionary Mevaser-tsien (Herald Zion) in Jerusalem (1893-1894). At the end of the 1880s, he brought out a pamphlet entitled Nitsokhn afn nitsokhn (Triumph upon triumph). His work, “Yisroels tsurikker fun goles” (Israel’s return from the Diaspora), from the missionary Berit-am (Covenant of the people), appeared in a separate offprint as well (Vienna, 1921). He died in Jerusalem.
Source: M. Kosover, in Folk un velt (New York) (December 1970).
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