Friday 3 November 2017


            He was born in Slonim, Byelorussia.  He was active in the Bund in Slutsk.  In the early 1920s, he became involved in Yiddish cultural work in Bobruisk, later serving as chairman of the Jewish division in the Commissariat of Education in Byelorussia.  In the early 1930s, he was the manager of the Ukrainian state publishers for national minorities.  In book form: Oktyabr-kinder, farn ershtn lern-yor (Children of October, for the first school year) (Moscow: Central Publ., 1925), 115 pp., second edition (1926); Oktyabr-kinder, farn tsveytn lern-yor (Children of October, for the second school year) (Moscow: Central Publ., 1925), 311 pp.; with others, Polit-ivre (Fundamentals of politics) (Kiev: Kultur-lige, 1926), 232 pp.; with others, Kamf un oyfboy, khrestomatye farn 5tn lernyor fun der arbet-shul (Struggle and construction, reader for the fifth school year in the workers’ school) (Kharkov: Central Publ., 1928), 423 pp.; with others, In kamf, arbetbukh af shprakh, literatur un gezelshaft-kentenish (In the struggle, workbook in language, literature, and social information) (Kharkov: Central Publ., 1930), 238 pp.; co-editor of the journal, Ratnbildung (Soviet education) (Kharkov, 1928-1937); Yunger shlogler (Young shock troop), textbook for third and fourth groups in workers’ schools (Kharkov, 1931-1932).

Source: Y. Lifshits and M. Altshuler, comps., Briv fun yidishe sovetishe shraybers (Letters of Soviet Jewish writers) (Jerusalem, 1979/1980), p. 477.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 376.

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