Sunday 27 November 2016


SHMUEL YANOVSKI (1890-July 20, 1935)
            He was born in Motele (Motal’, Motol’), near Pinsk, Byelorussia.  Until age thirteen he studied in religious primary school in Motele and in Pinsk, later becoming a free auditor at the Universities of Warsaw and Kiev.  He began his journalistic activities in 1911 with correspondence pieces on the Beilis Trial in Moment (Moment) in Warsaw, at which he later become an internal contributor.  Over the years 1931-1935, he was the principal contributor and editor of Radyo (Radio) in Warsaw.  He published articles as well in: Ilustrirte vokh (Illustrated week), Dos folk (The people), and other Yiddish and Polish periodicals.  For many years he served as a correspondent for Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York.  He compiled a bibliography of Yiddish periodical publications throughout the world, from the founding of Antoni Ayzenboym’s (Anthony Eisenbaum) Der beobakhter an der vaysel (The observer on the Vistula [River]) which he gave to YIVO in New York.  He died in Warsaw.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; obituary notice in Vilner tog (Vilna) (July 21, 1935); Yedies fun yivo (Vilna) 4-5 (September 1936); Toyznt yor pinsk (1000 years of Pinsk) (New York, 1941), p. 325.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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