Sunday 18 December 2016


RUVN YUKLSON (RUBIN YOUKELSON) (June 3 [September 11?], 1885-August 16, 1976)
            He was born in the village of Nebirivke (Neborivka), Volhynia.  He was a journalist.  He studied in religious primary school, and later on his own he studied Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish literatures.  In 1906 he emigrated to the United States, initially living in Chicago and from 1925 in New York.  He joined the Labor Zionists, and in 1925 he became a member of the Communist Party.  His journalistic work began with articles in Idishe kemfer (Jewish fighter) in New York, later in Idishe arbayter velt (World of Jewish labor) in Chicago.  From 1926 he was a regular contributor to Frayhayt (Freedom), later Morgn-frayhayt (Morning freedom).  He wrote political and social articles, as well as concerning the Yiddish and general theater.  He edited Unzer vort (Our word), the organ of the Jewish People’s Fraternal Order in New York, and he was a member of the editorial board of Signal (Signal) in New York.  In Zamlungen (Anthologies), he published—in a fictional form—his life story.  He dies in Los Angeles.

Sources: Z. Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 6; A. Pomerants, in Proletpen (Kiev) (1935), p. 206.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 302-3.

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