Tuesday 9 February 2016


MARK HANOPOLSKI (1885-June 10, 1947)
            He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, into a devout family (his father was later the head of a yeshiva in Philadelphia).  He studied in religious primary schools, graduating from a Russian high school, and he studied at Kiev University.  He worked in banks for a lengthy period of time.  During the Bolshevik Revolution, he escaped to Germany, and from there in 1920 he moved on to the United States.  He lived in Philadelphia, Boston, Rochester, and Minneapolis, where he was a Hebrew teacher.  He began his writing activities with correspondence pieces for Hazman (The times) in Vilna (1903), later contributing to Hatsfira (The siren) and Fraynd (Friend), both in Warsaw.  In America he published treatises on education, Jewish communal issues, and literature in Hadoar (The post), Ben hador (Son of the generation), and Dos idishe folk (The Jewish people)—in New York; and Dos folk (The people) in Canada.  From 1924 he was a contributor to Di idishe velt (The Jewish world) in Philadelphia, until this newspaper closed down.  He died in Philadelphia.

Sources: Y. Filtsh, in Hadoar (New York) (August 1, 1947); Y. Tsuzmer, Beikve hador (Footprints of the generation) (New York, 1957), pp. 126, 159, 218.

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