Sunday 22 October 2017


BOREKH MILER (July 5, 1892-Jul 27, 1980)
            He was a storyteller born in Rishkan (Rîşcani), Bessarabia.  His father was an itinerant schoolteacher.  He studied in religious elementary school.  In 1911 he immigrated to the United States where he worked as a presser.  In 1962 he settled in Los Angeles.  In 1918 he debuted in print with impressions from the war in Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal).  He composed reportage pieces and stories of workers’ lives.  In book form: Poshete mentshn, dertseylungen (Simple people, stories) (New York: International Labor Order, 1941), 234 pp.; In groye teg, geklibene dertseylungen (On gray days, selected stories) (New York, 1946), 223 pp.; A velt mit veltelekh (A world with little worlds) (New York, 1946), 90 pp.; Tsulib shkheynim (Because of the neighbors) (New York: IKUF, 1969), 319 pp.; The Wet King (New York, 1979), 122 pp.  He died in Los Angeles.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 374.

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