Friday 23 September 2016


MOYSHE KHAYKIN (1869-1940)
            He was born in Kosów-Podlaski, Poland.  He studied in religious primary school, yeshivas, and with private tutors.  For a time he worked as a Hebrew teacher in Pruzhane (Prużana), and from there he moved in 1902 to Warsaw where he remained until his death.  He debuted in print with correspondence pieces for Hamelits (The advocate) in St. Petersburg (1889), later serving as an internal contributor to Hatsfira (The siren) in Warsaw.  He published articles, features, poetry, and translations from Russian and Polish literature in the anthologies Tefilot (Prayers) and Otsar hasifrut (Treasury of literature) in Berdichev, and to Hayatush (The mosquito) and Hayom (Today) in Warsaw.  From 1905 he was a contributor to the Yiddish newspapers: In veg (On the road), edited Noyekh Prilucki; and Unzer lebn (Our life), edited by Sh. Hokhberg.  Over the years 1912-1939, he was an internal contributor to Haynt (Today).  His books include: Meagadot mini kedem (Tales from antiquity) (Warsaw, 1908), 64 pp., translated and adapted from V. Doroshevitsh, Mizrekh-legendes (Legends of the East); and in Yiddish, Kleyne dertseylungen (Short stories) (Warsaw, 1912), 64 pp., translations from Shenkevich, Tetmeir, and Konopnicka.  He died of hunger in Warsaw under the Nazis.

Sources: Dr. R. Feldshuh, Yidishe gezelshaftlekher leksikon (Jewish community handbook) (Warsaw, 1939), p. 836; Kh. Finkelshteyn, in Fun noentn over (New York) 2 (1956), pp. 206, 209.

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