Thursday 13 July 2017


            He was born in Revotsk (?), Kherson district, Ukraine.  He descended from the Hassidic rebbe “Der shpoler zeyde” (the grandfather of Shpola [1725-1812]).  He studied in religious elementary school in Shpola and in a business school in Kremenchug.  In 1914 he immigrated with his parents to Brazil and then moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, where for a time he was active in the party of the left Labor Zionists.  He began writing in Spanish for Voz Hebreo (Hebrew voice) in 1921.  He later published articles and stories in the Yiddish serials: Di prese (The press), Far kleyn un groys (For small and large), and Penemer un penemlekh (Appearances, big and small), among others, in Buenos Aires.  He served as editor of the weekly newspaper Dos idishe lebn (The Jewish life) in Montevideo (1924); and he co-edited (with Sh. Starotshevski and Sh. Grinberg) Dos vort (The word) in Montevideo, too.  He used such pen names as: Y. Braginski and “Shpolers Eynikl” (grandchild of the Shpoler).  In 1962 he contributed to Do (Here) in Montevideo.  He died in Kibbutz Ramot-Menashe.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; Yitskhok Vaynshenker, Boyers un mitboyers fun yidishn yishev in urugvay (Founders and builders of the Jewish community in Uruguay) (Montevideo, 1957), p. 139.
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