Tuesday 8 August 2017


Y. MARGOLIN (b. 1897)

            A poet and prose author, he was born in Byelorussia. He lived Homyel' (Homel, Gomel) in the 1920s and the 1930s. He published children’s poetry, tales in verse, and stories in the Yiddish press: 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 Homyel'; 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 (Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1923), 13 pp.; Erd, fragmentn fun a poeme (Earth, fragments of a poem) (Homyel', 1925), 16 pp.; Froyke sheps un feter ber, a maysele (Mrs. Sheep and Uncle Bear, a story) (Homyel': n.p., 1928), 12 pp.

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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