Tuesday 22 March 2016


MENAKHEM HELBERG (1905-March 15, 1926)
            He was born in Pinsk, Byelorussia, into a well-to-do family.  He received both a Jewish and a general education.  He moved to Slonim, Grodno district, in 1917.  He graduated from a Hebrew school and studied at the Wszechnica Polska University in Warsaw.  He contributed to: Haynt (Today) and Arbeter tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) in Warsaw; Slonimer vort (Slonim word); and other serials.  In book form: Lider (Poetry) (Slonim, 1926), 32 pp.  Soon after the book appeared in print, he committed suicide in Slonim.

Sources: Slonimer vort (November 1926); Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928); information from Hekht’s sister, Neḥama Rafalovitsh in Tel Aviv.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 221.]

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