Sunday 16 April 2017


            He hailed from Bialystok.  He studied in a Hebrew teachers’ seminary.  He gave Hebrew lessons in private homes, later becoming a teacher in secular Jewish schools.  He was a teacher (1936-1937) in Pruzhane (Prużana), where he also ran a dramatic circle; he later lived in Warsaw.  He published sketches and novellas in Unzer leben (Our life) in Bialystok and elsewhere.  In book form, he published: Doyres (Generations) (Warsaw: Bafrayung, 1937), 112 pp.  In a story competition, he received a prize from Kinder-zhurnal (Children’s magazine) in New York.  When the Soviets occupied a portion of Poland, he was in Kovel (Kovle), Volhynia, and served as an inspector for the local school system.  He died somewhere along the road during evacuation—together with his wife and child.  Further biographical details remain unknown.

Sources: Unzer leben (Bialystok) (August 18, 1919; August 27, 1937; February 4, 1938); Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (October 29, 1937); Vilner tog (December 3, 1937); Nayer folksblat (Lodz) (April 21, 1938); Noyekh Gris, in Literarishe bleter (February 11, 1938); M. Valdman, in Lerer-yizker-bukh (Teachers’ memorial book) (New York, 1954), pp. 219-21.
Yankev Kahan

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