Sunday, 28 May 2017


SHMUEL LEVIN (late 19th century-1942)
            He came from Warsaw, Poland.  He was the creator of a Yiddish publishing house.  He authored several booklets of poetry and folktales, such as: Naye folkslider (New folksongs)—“Der paskarzh” (The nasty boy), “Kegn got in keyn rot” (You can’t oppose God), “Yidele lakht” (The little Jew laughs), “Kaptsn antloyft” (The pauper runs away), and “Afn beys oylem” (At the cemetery)—(Warsaw, 1920), 16 pp.; Naye folks aforizmen un glaykhvertlekh (New folk aphorisms and witticisms) (Warsaw, 1922), 16 pp.; 6 naye folkslider (Six new folksongs) (Warsaw, 1922), 8 pp.  And, stories: Yudyets der khosn un shmaye der shadkhn (Yudyets the groom and Shmaye the matchmaker) (Warsaw, 1923) 32 pp.; Tsvey vayse khevrenike oder tsvey fayne layt (Two innocent guys or two fine men) (Warsaw, 1923), 16 pp.; Di vunder fun senyavker beys-oylem (The wonder of the Senyavker Cemetery) (Warsaw, 1924), 28 pp.; Di vayse perl (The white pearls) (Warsaw, 1925), 16 pp.; Di grobe yunge ameratsim (The crude young boors) (Warsaw, 1926), 32 pp.; Der vayberisher diment (The woman’s diamond) (Warsaw, 1927), 16 pp.; Der tsveyendiker get (The double divorce) (Warsaw, 1928), 30 pp.; Di untsufridene froy, tsvey khasanim un eyn kale (The discontented woman, two grooms and one bride) (Warsaw, 1928), 32 pp.; Der khazn un der bal shem (The cantor and the miracle worker) (Warsaw, 1928), 16 pp. (this is an abridged version of A. M. Dik’s novel Di orkhim fun duratshesok [The visitors from Foolstown]); Di dertrunkene tsvey shvester yesoymim (The two drowned orphan sisters) (Warsaw, 1929), 32 pp.  He was murdered by the Nazi authorities in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Source: Kh. Liberman, in Kiryat sefer (Jerusalem) 23 (1947/1948).
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