Tuesday 27 September 2016


MEYER TABAK (b. 1904)
            He was born in Stanislawów (Stanislav, Stanisle), in eastern Galicia.  With the outbreak of WWI in 1914, he moved with his parents to Kosov (Kosów) where he attended religious primary school, and later when the Russian occupied eastern Galicia, he lived in Vienna where he attended high school.  He subsequently lived in Lemberg and graduated from the university there with a law degree.  He was active in Hashomer (The guard) and later became an active leader in Jewish school curriculum in eastern Galicia.  In the 1920s he published poetry in Der morgn (The morning) and Lemberger vokh (Lemberg week)—in Lemberg; Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves) in Warsaw; Inzl (Island) in Bucharest (1935-1939); and in other periodicals.  He served as editor of the literary monthly Shtern (Star) in Stanislawów (1932-1937).  Aside from poems and articles, he also published therein translations of Ukrainian poetry.  He also wrote under such pen names as: Memtes, Mit., and Metamim.  He published a monograph on “Yisroel-meyer brender” (Yisroel-Meyer Brender), chapters of which appeared in Shtern (1936-1937).  He was the founder of a young Jewish writers group in eastern Galicia in 1933.  Since WWII, he has disappear without a trace.  His brother, ELYE-LEYB TABAK, also published poetry in Shtern, Lemberger vokh, and elsewhere.

Source: Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (December 18, 1936).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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