Wednesday 6 September 2017


            He was born in Munkatsh (Hung. Munkács), Carpato-Ruthenian area of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.  He attended religious elementary school and yeshivas.  He was later a merchant and a traveling businessman.  He published articles, reportage pieces, and impressions in: Munkatsher tsaytung (Munkács newspaper) (1923-1926); Munkatsher humorist (Munkács humorist) (1924-1927); Yudishe shtime (Jewish voice) (1929-1930); and Marmoresher bleter (Marmației leaves) and Oyfgang (Arise)—in Sighet-Marmației; among others.  In book form: A dor vos geyt unter (A generation goes under), “reportage pieces, impressions, and the character of the important Jewish communities of Munkács and Carpato-Ruthenia) (Munkacs, 1937), 72 pp.  “This volume—the first Yiddish book in Carpato-Ruthenia—…possesses a treasure house of the distinctive vernacular language of Carpato-Ruthenian Jewry, and Moshkovitsh may be marked as the Mendele of his Munkács,” according to Sh. Y. Dorfzon.  Since WWII there has no further information about him.

Sources: Sh. Y. Dorfzon, in Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (May 7, 1937); Naftali Ben-Menaḥem, Hadefus haivri bemunkatsh (The Hebrew press in Munkács), offprint from Kriyat sefer (Jerusalem) 54 (1949-1950); Entsiklopediya shel galuyot, karpatorus (Encyclopedia of the Diaspora, Carpato-Rus) (Jerusalem, (1958/1959).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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