Monday 16 October 2017


TSVI MILYAVSKI (1860-March 22, 1922)
            He was born in Slobodka, a suburb of Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania.  He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva, and secular subjects as an external student.  In 1885 he moved to Lodz, where he worked as a Hebrew teacher and as a broker with textile merchants.  He was the first “Lover of Zion” and a cofounder of “Hazmir” (The nightingale) in Lodz.  He began his writing activities with humorous sketches and feature pieces in Hamelits (The spectator) in Odessa, later contributing to: Hamagid (The preacher) in Lik; Hatsfira (The siren) in Warsaw; Haam (The people) and Der veg (The way) in St. Petersburg; and from 1907 he was a contributor to Lodzer nakhrikhten (Lodz news), Lodzer tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper), and Folksblat (People’s newspaper)—in Lodz; among others.  In book form: A rayze fun lodzh nokh kabtsansk (A trip from Lodz to Poorville) (Pyetrikov, 1908), 29 pp.; A mayse mit a top tsimes (A story of a pot of stew) and Mayn rebe in amerike (My rebbe in America) (Pyetrikov, 1910), 32 pp.  He also published and edited the humorous publications: Yontef-bleter (Holiday sheets) (1910); Der lodzer foygl (The Lodz bird) (1912); Megiles datshe (The scroll of a country home) (1913)—all in Lodz.  He also wrote under the pen name: Khaluts Hapolani.  He died in Lodz.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Ts, Cohen, in Folksblat (Lodz) (July 16, 1916); Reyzen, Psevdonimen in der yidisher literatur (Pseudonyms in Yiddish literature) (Vilna, 1939); Y. Ug, in Lodzer tageblat (Lodz) (March 23, 1922); ; A. Kirzshnits, Di yidishe prese in der gevezener ruslendisher imperye (1823-1916) (The Yiddish press in former Russian empire, 1823-1916) (Moscow, 1930).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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