Sunday 22 October 2017


HERSHL MILER (b. May 1899)
            He was born in Drobnin (Drobin), Plotsk (Płock) district, Poland.  Until age ten, he studied in religious elementary schools, thereafter receiving a general education in a public school.  In 1913 he arrived in the United States, where he acquainted himself with the creative works of modern Yiddish literature and was formidably impressed by its authors.  Using the name Hersh Maler, he debuted in print in the journal Zangen (Songs) in New York (1921), and later contributed poetry to: Der amerikaner (The American), Di feder (The pen), Baginen (Dawn), Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor), Tsuzamen (Together), Yung kuznye (Young smithy), Kinder-zhurnal (Children’s magazine), Morgn-frayhayt (Morning freedom), Der tog (The day), Unzer shtime (Our voice), and Byalistoker lebn (Bialystok life)—in New York; and Lid (Song) in Los Angeles.

Sources: Hemshekh-antologye (Hemshekh anthology) (New York, 1945), pp. 201-13; Yirmye Hesheles, in Vayter (New York) (September-October 1953).
Yankev Kahan

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