Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Y. MARGOLIN (b. 1897)
            Born in Byelorussia, he lived Homel (Gomel) in the 1920s.  He published children’s poetry, tales in verse, and stories in: Yungvald (Young forest), Pyoner (Pioneer), and Der emes (The truth)—in Moscow; Der yunger pyoner (The young pioneer) and Oktyabr (October) in Minsk; and Komunistishe fon (Communist banner) in Homel; among other serials.  He also contributed work to Frayhayt (Freedom) in New York, in which, among other items, he published fragments of his lengthy story “In eynem a sovetishn shtetl” (In one Soviet town).  In book form: Leybke shvimer (Leybke the swimmer), a children’s story in verse (Homel, 1923), 15 pp.; Erd, fragment fun a poeme (Earth, fragments of a poem) (Homel, 1925), 16 pp.; Froyke sheps un feter ber, a maysele (Mrs. Sheep and Uncle Bear, a story) (Homel, 1928), 12 pp.  After 1930 he disappeared without a trace.

Sources: Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO), vol. 1 (Warsaw, 1928), see index; Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 227.]

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