Wednesday 28 June 2017


            He was born in Odessa, Russia.  After the pogroms of 1881-1882, he left Russia and made his way to the United States in 1883 via England.  He lived in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York.  He worked as a Hebrew teacher, a peddler, and a sweatshop laborer.  He published poetry and feature pieces in: Yudishe folkstsaytung (Jewish people’s newspaper) (1886-1889), Di yudishe gazetten (The Jewish gazette), Nyu yorker yudishe tsaytung (New York Jewish newspaper), Di varheyt (The truth), Dos abendblatt (The evening newspaper), Di arbayter tsaytung (The workers’ newspaper), and Der folks-advokat (The people’s advocate)—in the last of these he published his poem “Top-flor” (Top floor), a scene from the life of the tenement homes on New York’s East Side—all in New York; Der yudisher kuryer (The Jewish courier) in Chicago; and Der folks fraynd (The people’s friend) and Di yudishe post (The Jewish mail) in Pittsburgh; among others.  Since 1910 there has been no further information about him.

Sources: Kalmen Marmor, in Almanakh, 10 yoriker yubiley fun internatsyonaln arbeter ordn (Tenth anniversary of the International Workers Order) (New York, 1940), p. 357; Y. E. Rontsh, Amerike in der yidisher literatur (America in Yiddish literature) (New York, 1945), p. 147.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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