Monday 13 June 2016


            He was born in Bialystok, Russian Poland.  He was the younger brother of the journalist and community leader, Moyshe Visotski.  From 1915 he was an active member of the Bialystok society “Di yidishe kunst” (Jewish art).  In 1923 he created a cultural group at the “Linat ḥolim” (Hostel for the ill).  He debuted in print in 1924 with a novella serialized in Dos naye lebn (The new life) in Bialystok.  He also contributed work to: Unzer lebn (Our life) and Byalistoker shtime (Voice of Bialystok); to the Warsaw publications, Inzer hofenung (Our hope), Velt-shpigl (World mirror), and Ekspres (Express); and to Forverts (Forward) in New York.  He died in the Bialystok ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

Sources: Jubilee volume for Dos naye lebn 1919-1929 (Bialystok, 1929); Byalistoker almanakh (Bialystok almanac) (1931); Gut-morgn (Bialystok) (November 10, 1933); Byalistoker leksikon (Bialystok handbook) (Bialystok, 1935); A. Sh. Hershberg, in Pinkes byalistok (New York) 2 (1949), p. 417.
Yankev Kahan

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