BER-ISER ZOBYEZENSKI (BAER ISSER SABIESENSKY) (1860-1900)
He was born in Velizh, Vitebsk district, Byelorussia. In the 1880s he contributed articles and feature pieces to the Russian Jewish and Hebrew press, such as St. Petersburg’s Razsvet (Dawn) and Hayom (Today). In the latter he also published (1886-1887) “The History of the City of Vitebsk” on the basis of community records and archival materials. His publications include: Ahavat tsadikim (Love of sages) (Vitebsk [Warsaw?], 1882), a Hebrew-language story; and Di shvere tsayt (The hard times), “a novel in four parts from recent times for the Jews in Russia,” a novel in Yiddish (Warsaw, 1887), part 1, 60 pp., part 2 58 pp., part 3, 56 pp., part 4, 61 pp., in which he describes the course of the pogroms in Russia in the 1880s. A second edition in one volume appeared in Warsaw in 1901.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.
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