Thursday 8 December 2016


AVROM YARMOLINSKI (AVRAHM YARMOLINSKY) (January 13, 1890-September 28, 1975)
            He was born in Haysyn, Lithuania (Ukraine?).  He studied in European and American universities and graduated with Ph.D.  For many years he was director of the Slavonic Division of the New York Public Library.  He was lecturer in Russian literature at Columbia University.  He authored works on Russian literature and nationalities issues, among them: Jews and Other Minor Nationalities under the Soviets (New York: Vanguard Press, 1928), 193 pp.  He translated poetry from Russian and German into English.  In Yiddish he wrote: “Di legende vegn eybikn yid” (The legend of the eternal Jew), Tsukunft (Future) in New York (1914), pp. 510-15, 950-54; “A tsushteyer tsum yidishn vort-oytser” (A contribution to the Yiddish treasury of words), Pinkes fun amopteyl fun yivo (Records of the American division of YIVO) (New York) 1 (1929), pp. 70-73; “Tsu der ikonografye fun mizrekh-eyropeishe yidn” (Iconography of Eastern European Jews), Yivo-bleter (Pages from YIVO) (New York) 28 (1946), pp. 254-74; “Ben-ami un drahomaniv” (Ben-Ami and Drahomaniv), Yivo-bleter 34 (1950), pp. 288-91.  He also contributed to the daily Yiddish press.  He died in New York.  His wife was the poet Babette Deutsch.

Sources: Yivo-bleter (New York) (1946), p. 415; Who’s Who in World Jewry (New York, 1955), p. 833.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

Translator’s note. Yarmolinsky published many more books in English not noted in this entry. (JAF)

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