Sunday 26 February 2017


Y. KH. LUNER (ca. 1885-August 1, 1915)
            He was born in Bialystok, Russian Poland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1907.  He was a close collaborator of Avrom Reyzen on Der nayer land (The new land), in which he published poems and articles—among them, “Knut hamsun un di yuden” (Knut Hamsun and the Jews) in issue no. 15.  He stood close to the Jewish labor movement and contributed to Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor) and Tsukunft (Future), among other serials in New York.  Because of an illness he moved to California, where he was one of the pioneers of the Yiddish press and the principal contributor to the weekly Der progres (Progress) in Los Angeles.  He died in Los Angeles.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; B. Rivkin, in Tsukunft (New York) (September 1915); Sh. Naumov, in Di tsayt (New York) (January 16, 1922); Kheshbon (Los Angeles) 5 (1954), p. 34.
Yankev Kahan


  1. I could not check all sources, but I assume that י. ח. לונער actually is מ. ח. לונער. (M. Kh. Luner) He also wrote under the pseudonym מ. ח. ל. and קמח.

  2. Not necessarily. I just checked the original Yiddish text and it had: י. ח. לונער . That might be an error, of course.