Sunday 13 August 2017


            He was born in Courland, and he later lived in Latvia.  He was the son of an itinerant school teacher.  At age twelve he was turned over to a saddler, and he later worked in Riga.  At age twenty for the first time, he began to read books, served in the military, and sought to take control over his life; he sold newspapers on the street.  He published several poems in Sokolov’s Telegraf (Telegraph), Der veg (The path), and Roman-tsaytung (Fiction newspaper), as well as elsewhere.  In 1909 he brought out a small collection of poetry, entitled Elegyen (Elegies) (Vilna, 30 pp.).  In 1913 he brought another booklet of poems, Demerung (Twilight), and in 1921 his last poetry collection, Yiesh (Despair) (Libave [Liepāja]: Universal-biblyotek, 39 pp.).  These were pessimistic poems, as well as translations from Russian.  He died in Riga.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2, with a bibliography; Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (July 8, 1927); M. Gerts, 25 yor yidishe prese in letland (25 years of the Yiddish press in Latvia) (Riga, 1933), pp., 39-48; A. Tsaytlin, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (January 27, 1961).
Yankev Kahan

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