Thursday 12 October 2017


            He was born in a town near Ponevezh (Panevėžys), Lithuania.  At age three he fell into a swamp and was paralyzed in one arm and a foot.  In 1915 he was wandering around with the Jewish homeless of Lithuania and turned up in Ekaterinoslav.  In 1921 he attempted to return home, but at the border people would not leave him behind and sent him back to Ekaterinoslav.  He wrote poetry and published it in the anthology Trep (Stairs) and other periodicals.  In 1922 he brought out a booklet of poems entitled Rusland (Russia) (Ekaterinoslav: Transport).

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Yankev Kahan

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