Sunday 22 May 2016


YITSKHOK VAYNSHENKER (1914-December 1, 1978)
            He was born in the village of Terebno, Bessarabia.  He studied in a Tarbut school in Yedinets (Edineţ), later in the Czernowitz Jewish teachers’ seminary.  In 1939 he departed for Bolivia and in 1944 settled in Montevideo.  He worked as a teacher in the Montevideo Jewish middle school.  He published articles in various periodicals, primarily in Folksblat (People’s newspaper), Haynt (Today), and Moment (Moment) in Montevideo.  His books include: Far alt-naye hiskhayvesn (Old-new obligations) (Montevideo: Zrie, 1948), 69 pp.; Poshet mitokh libshaft (Simply out of love) (Montevideo: Zrie, 1955), 72 pp.; Boyers un mitboyers fun yidishn yishev in urugvay (Founders and builders of the Jewish community in Uruguay) (Montevideo: Zrie, 1957), 280 pp.; Urugvortslen (Ethnic groups in Uruguay) (Montevideo: Zrie, 1969), 207 pp.  From the Romanian, he also translated Matatias Karp’s Transnistrye: lebn, laydn un umkum fun besarabishe, bukoviner un rumenishe yidn (Transnistria: Life, suffering, and death of Bessarabian, Bukovina, and Romanian Jews) (Buenos Aires, 1950), 362 pp.  He died in Montevideo.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 242.

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