Monday 5 December 2016


ARN YONATANZOHN (ca. 1915-July 27, 1868)
            He was born in Vilna.  He lived in Odessa, Shkud (Skuodas), Yaneve (Jonava), Lithuania, and Kovno.  He was a Hebrew teacher and author of Kle shir (Instruments of song) (Vilna, 1863/1864).  According to a speech by his son (in Hamelits [The advocate] 34 [1868]), in his bequest there was a composition in Yiddish entitled Di klube oder der erev-rav (The club or the riffraff) which “there is no work in Yiddish like it.”  He died in Kovno.

Sources: Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature) (Merḥavya, 1967), vol. 2; L. Gordon (1927/1928), p. 17.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 543.

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