Thursday 9 March 2017


            He came from Minsk, Byelorussia.  He later lived in Vilna and Homel (Gomel).  When the Red Army seized Vilna in December 1918, he assumed a number of important positions in Jewish life, later returning to Homel.  He began writing for Der shtern (The star) in Minsk (1918), of which he later (1920-1921) served as chief editor; similarly when the newspaper was published in Vilna (April 4-18, 1919).  He was also editor of Der komunist (The Communist) in Vilna (December 1918-April 1919).  He contributed to the anthology Di naye velt (The new world) (Vilna 1-3 (1919) and Horepashnik (Toiler) in Homel (1919-1920), initially published as a weekly and later three times each weekly.  He also wrote under the pen names: Y. B. Elenzon, S-V, and the like.  Further information about him remains unknown.

Sources: A. Kirzhnits, Di yidishe prese in vaysrusland, 1917-1927 (The Yiddish press in Byelorussia, 1917-1927) (Minsk, 1929); Zalmen Reyzen, in Yivo-bleter (Vilna) 12.7-8 (1939); Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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