Thursday 26 May 2016


            He was a teacher in Kiev Jewish schools in the 1920s.  He wrote atheistic articles in the Soviet Yiddish press.  In 1933 he moved to Birobidzhan.  In the 1940s he became religious.  Over the years 1952-1956, he kept a diary in Hebrew.  Portions of his diary were published in the Israeli press and also in book form.  In 1957 he was sentenced to five years in prison.  After being freed in 1960, he settled in Boyarke, near Kiev, where he died.

Source: Y. Lifshits and M. Altshuler, comps., Briv fun yidishe sovetishe shraybers (Letters of Soviet Jewish writers) (Jerusalem, 1979/1980), see index.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 243-44.

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