MOYSHE MUNSHAYN (1913-summer 1943)
He was born in Sosnovits (Sosnowiec), Zagłębie region, Poland, into a working class family. He attended religious elementary school, public school, and later became a laborer. He lived in Bendin (Będzin), Katowice, and Lodz. He was a member of the young writers’ group involved with the collection Yung zaglembye (Young Zagłębie) in Sosnowiec (1936), which brought out four volumes; in it he debuted in print with several poems. He later contributed poetry and sketches to: Zaglembyer tsaytung (Zagłębie newspaper), Bendiner vokhnblat (Będzin weekly newspaper), and Zaglembyer-shlezish-folksblat (Zagłębie-Silesian people’s newspaper) in Katowice (1935-1939), and in Der nayer folksblat (The new people’s newspaper) in Lodz. He was confined in the Sosnowiec ghetto. In the summer of 1943 the Nazis deported him to Auschwitz, and he was murdered there.
Sources: Yung zaglembye (Sosnovits) 1 (1936); information from his cousin, Sh. Mondshayn in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks