Thursday 29 June 2017


            He was born in Kibart (Kybartai), near Virbaln (Virbalis), Lithuania.  In his youth, he moved to Verzhbolove (Verzhbelov).  He graduated from a Hebrew high school.  In 1929 he moved to Kovno and there studied theatrical arts at the Hebrew theater studio which sent him in 1935 to continue his studies in Paris.  During WWII he joined the French army.  He was held in German captivity for a period of time, from which escaped into North Africa.  In 1946 he came to the United States, acted for a time in the Hebrew theater studio in New York, and then became severely ill and had to move to California.  He wrote poetry for Folksblat (People’s newspaper) in Kovno (1932), and later contributed as well to: Idishe shtime (Jewish voice) and Had lita (Echo of Lithuania) in Kovno; Vilner tog (Vilna day); Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves) in Warsaw; and Naye prese (New press) in Paris; among others.  In Naye bleter (New leaves) in Kovno (1939), he published a cycle of poem entitled “Tate-mame” (Parents), “A lid far keynem” (A poem for no one), and the like.  He also wrote under such pen names as: R. Mogliker.  He would more recently have been employed as a decorator in Los Angeles, California.

Sources: Daniel Tsharni (Charney), in Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (May 19, 1933); Dr. M. Sudarski, in Lite (Lithuania) anthology, vol. 1 (New York, 1951), p. 1641; N. Y. Gotlib, in Lite, p. 1106; information from Masha Benya in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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