Thursday 21 April 2016


            He was a young lyrical poet who hailed from Bessarabia.  At the end of the nineteenth century, he moved to Argentina.  He was close to the anarchist movement in Buenos Aires.  He worked as a polisher in a furniture factory, and from the turpentine which he used in his work he contracted tuberculosis, leading to an early death.  He published poems in the anarchist monthly journal Lebn un frayhayt (Life and freedom) 2 (October 1908) in Buenos Aires, and in the first Yiddish illustrated periodical in Argentina, Shtralen (Beams [of light]) (April 1914).  The latter published his poetic cycle “Yugend” (Youth), “On a warm silver tear hangs a squirming youth.”  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: P. Kats, Yidishe literatur in argentine (Yiddish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1947), pp. 44-45; Y. Botoshanski, in Mame yidish (Mother Yiddish) (Buenos Aires, 1949), p. 176.

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