Sunday 24 April 2016


SHNEYER VASERMAN (1899-May 19, 1982)
            He was born in the village of Odaldo (?), near Chelm, Poland, the son of a poor tailor.  From 1924 he was living in Argentina, working as a tailor and later a teacher in the Borokhov schools, in the Yitskhok Daytsh school, and elsewhere.  He was active among left Labor Zionists and Communists.  From 1928 he was a contributor to Di prese (The press) in Buenos Aires.  He published articles, poems, and stories.  He also contributed to: Folksshtime (Voice of the people), Ikuf (Jewish Cultural Association), Der shpigl (The mirror), Argentiner beymelekh (Little Argentinian trees), Dos arbeter-vort (The workers’ word), and Khaverl (Pal)—all in Argentina; Far unzere kinder (For our children) in Paris; and elsewhere.  Among his books: Kind un keyt, kinder-lider (Young and old, children’s poetry) (Buenos Aires, 1936), 75 pp.; Shvelbelekh, kinder-lider un poems (Swallows, children’s poetry), illustrations by Yankev Mitler (Buenos Aires, 1938), 78 pp.; Dobele, kinder-lider (Dobele, children’s poetry) (Buenos Aires, 1946), 120 pp.; Lid un lebn (Poetry and life), poems (Buenos Aires, 1951), 135 pp.; Tsum mentsh, lider un poemes (To man, poetry) (Buenos Aires, 1962), 160 pp.; Fun mayn layb un lebn (By my life and soul), poetry (Buenos Aires, 1972), 235 pp.; Vinter-blumen (Winter flowers), poetry (Buenos Aires, 1976), 123 pp.  He edited the biweekly Dos arbeter-vort, the children’s magazine Khaverl, and other publications.  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort un teater in argentine (The published Yiddish word and theater in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1941), see index; Volf Bresler, Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Jewish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944), see index; Y. Botoshanski, Mame yidish (Mother Yiddish) (Buenos Aires, 1949), p. 258; Botoshanski, in Algemeyne entsiklopedye, “Yidn 5” (New York, 1957), pp. 282-83; “Vide fun Sh. Vaserman” (Confession of Sh. Vaserman), Unzer shtime (Paris) (February 5, 1960); A. Glants, in Tog-morgn zhurnal (New York) (March 6, 1960).

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