Friday 18 August 2017


            He was born in Mogelnitse (Mogielnica), Poland.  He came to the United States in 1905.  He graduated from public school, and later studied for two years at Manual Trading High School and became a lithographer.  He studied in the evening in the drawing department at Cooper Union Art School and he debuted with a drawing in Der groyser kundes (The great prankster), edited by Yankev Marinov.  He was hired in 1914 by Tog (Day) as a theater reporter.  He drew theater caricatures for the newspaper.  He was the author and translator of theatrical ditties.  He also published several humorous sketches in Di idishe bekers shtime (Voice of the Jewish bakers).  He wrote songs for a variety of operettas.  He did drawings for calendars and frontispieces of Yiddish books, also for the front page of the third volume of Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater).  In 1950 he published Dray mogelnitser (Three Mogelnitsers) (New York), 144 pp. in Yiddish and 32 pp. in English—a description of immigrants’ lives in the past, with a preface by Zalmen Zilbertsvayg.

Source: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 3 (New York, 1959), pp. 2215-17.
Yankev Kahan

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