SHIMEN YUDKOV (1889-August 3, 1959)
He was born in Devenishok (Dieveniškės, Dziewieniszki), Vilna district, Lithuania. He received both a Jewish and a secular education in Gonyondz (Goniądz), Kovno, and St. Petersburg, and from the last of these he moved to the United States in 1907. He worked as a photographer and portraitist (his pictures of Yiddish writers and cultural figures may be found in the YIVO auditorium in New York. He was also a member of a theatrical circle led by Yoyel Entin. Over the years 1919-1940, he published stories and one-act plays in Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York. He also contributed to Di tsayt (The times) (1920-1922) and to the annual almanacs of former Goniądz residents in New York; he also placed work in English-language photography trade journals. He died in New York.
His brother, YOYSEF YUDKOV, translated for Spinoza-bukh (Spinoza volume) (New York, 1932, pp. 23-32): Harry Waton, “Spinozas filosofye un di yidn” (Spinoza’s philosophy and the Jews) and, together with Sh. Wiener, Spinoza’s Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione as “Traktat vegn der oysbeserung fun intelekt” (Tractate on the improvement of the intellect), pp. 185-239.
Source: Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (August 9, 1959).
Khayim Leyb Fuks