Wednesday 23 November 2016


M. Y. TSHERNIS (b. 1901)
            He came from a town near Minsk, Byelorussia.  He studied in religious primary school, in a Russian public school, and later in a pedagogical technical school.  In 1922 he became a sailor, until 1926 served in the war fleet on the Black Sea, and later lived in Minsk, Kiev, and other cities in Russia.  He began publishing in Yunge gvardye (Young guard) in Kharkov (1923), later contributing poetry and stories to: Royte velt (Red world) in Kharkov (a cycle of sea poems); Yungvald (Young forest) and Pyonern (Pioneer) in Moscow; Der yunger pyonern (The young pioneer) and Der yunger arbeter (The young laborer) in Minsk; and Proletarishe fon (Proletarian banner) in Kiev; among others.  There has been no information about him since 1937.

Sources: Al. Pomerants, Inzhenern fun neshomes (Engineers of souls) (New York, 1943), p. 56; N. Mayzil, Dos yidishe shafn un der yidisher shrayber in sovetnfarband (Jewish creation and the Yiddish writer in the Soviet Union) (New York, 1959), see index.
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