Monday 16 May 2016


NOKHUM VAYNER (July 19, 1904-November 11, 1978)
            He was born in Rakhmestrivke (Rotmistrova), Kiev district, Ukraine.  At age six he moved with his mother to Paris, and they later emigrated to Argentina.  In 1912 he arrived in Buenos Aires, there to study in religious elementary school, Talmud-Torah, public school, and in a state high school.  In 1919 they settled in Rosario, and for a time he studied medicine at the local university.  He began to write articles on Jewish issues in the Spanish supplement to Rozaryer vokhnblat (Rosario weekly newspaper) in 1926, later switching to Yiddish.  He published journalistic pieces, as well as reviews of books, theater, and movies for the weekly Rozaryer lebn (Rosario life), for which he was the editor from 1939—the newspaper, five pages in Yiddish and three in Spanish, was the oldest Yiddish publication in the Argentinian provinces.  He was also a contributor to the Spanish-language Jewish press in Argentina, where aside from correspondence pieces in Rosario he also published treatises on Yiddish literature.  He placed pieces as well in the anthology Tsushteyer (Contribution) in Brazil in 1956 and elsewhere.  He also published under the pen names: Nuchum, Nokhum ben Tsvi, and Nokhum Hershls, among others.  He died in Rosario, Argentina.

Sources: Y. Bashevis, in Forverts (New York) (February 23, 1958); Yankev Glatshteyn, in Tog-morgn zhurnal (New York) (June 28, 1959).

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