Tuesday 26 April 2016



            He was a literary critic, born in Buczacz (Buchach), Ternipol region, Galicia.  He graduated as a research student from the Jewish division of language and literature at Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. For his dissertation on the writings of Perets Markish, he received the title of candidate in philological sciences. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he worked as a lecturer in Yaroslav, later in Arkhangelsk and Armavir.

His works include: Perets markish (Perets Markish) (Moscow: Emes, 1937), 189 pp.; compiler (with Shmuel Klitenik), Maksim gorki, zamlbukh fun marksistisher kritik (Maxim Gorky, anthology of a Marxist critic) (Moscow: Emes, 1932), 109 pp., with a foreword by Yitskhok Nusinov; compiler, Tsu der metodologye funem literatur-limed in shul (On the methodology of the subject of literature in school) (Kharkov-Kiev: Ukrainian State Publishers for National Minorities, 1933), 53 pp.; introduction to Tsvey khaverim, liam un petrik (Two pals, Liam and Petrik) by Leyb Kvitko (Moscow, 1933), specially adapted for schools; editor, Dertsyelungen (Stories) by Maxim Gorky (Moscow: Emes, 1933), 243 pp., specially adapted for schools. 

Source: Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 233-34; and Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 133.

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