Friday 25 March 2016


AVROM-LEYB HENDIN (November 25, 1895-May 22, 1989)
            He wrote under the name L. Hendin.  He was born in Surazh, Chernigov district, Ukraine, where his father, Henekh, was an assistant lawyer.  He studied in a Russian public school and in a “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school).  In 1913 he moved to the United States.  He lived in Baltimore where he ran cultural activities among Jewish workers.  He graduated from the school of dentistry in Baltimore.  He began his journalistic work in the Jewish socialist press.  After settling in New York, he contributed as a lecturer and journalist to ideological struggles that were then current in the Jewish labor movement.  In connection with these fights, he wrote a series of pamphlets.  From 1934 he was a regular contributor to Forverts (Forward) in New York, for which he wrote about economic and political issues.  Over the years 1942-1951, he was president of the Y.-L. Peretz Writers’ Union and was elected a second time to this position in 1956.  He visited the state of Israel in 1950 as a representative of Yiddish journalists in America and with the aim of negotiating with the Hebrew journalists’ association concerning the founding of a world union of Jewish journalists.  In addition, he was active in the Jewish socialist movement.  He lived until his death in New York.

Source: Y. Shmulevitsh, in Forverts (New York) (January 9, 1959).

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