Sunday 20 November 2016


VELVL TSHERNOVETSKI (February 1, 1898-October 15, 1971)
            He was born in Teplik (Teplyk), Podolia, Ukraine.  He studied in religious primary school, and later as an external student he focused on examinations to enter the sixth class of high school.  He published articles in the Russian Jewish periodical Evreiskaia zhizn’ (Jewish life) in Odessa (1917).  In 1922 he emigrated to Argentina.  He contributed to: Di idishe tsaytung (The Jewish newspaper), Penemer un penemlekh (Appearances, big and small) which appeared until 1935, Argentiner magazin (Argentinian magazine) of which he was editor-publisher from 1936, and other serials in Buenos Aires.  His books include: Teplik, mayn shtetele (Teplyk, my little town), two volumes (Buenos Aires, 1946 and 1950), 317 pp. and 300 pp., respectively; Dos lebn dertseylt, emese pasirungen un problemen fun lebn (Life recounts, true occurrences and issues in life), two volumes (Buenos Aires, 1951 and 1952), 318 pp. and 316 pp., respectively; A tog-bukh fun a yidn vos hot nit gevolt forn keyn yisroel (A diary of a Jew who does not wish to go to Israel), two volumes (Buenos Aires, 1953), 553 pp.; Amerike, du bist groys (America, you’re great), two volumes (Buenos Aires, 1956), 659 pp.; Erev der ferter velt-milkhome, hines di kenigin fun mars, fantastishe roman (On the eve of World War IV, Hines the queen of Mars, a fantasy novel) (Buenos Aires, 1959), 319 pp.  Among his pen names: Velvl Tepliker and V. Umanski.  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort in argentine (The published Yiddish word in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1941), pp. 69, 117; Botoshanski, in Mame yidish (Mother Yiddish) (Buenos Aires, 1952), p. 233; Botoshanski, in Di prese (Buenos Aires) (February 23, 1954; January 26, 1957); G. Aronson, in Tsukunft (New York) (March 1951); Y. Leshtsinski, in Forverts (New York) (September 25, 1955); M. Ginzburg, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (July 12, 1954); Dr. A. Mukdoni, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (September 8, 1957); Kh. Lazdeyski, in Der veg (Mexico City) (September 19, 1961).
Borekh Tshubinski

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