YITSKHOK MISHKIS (b. 1880)
He came from Lithuania. In 1902 he graduated from the Vilna Jewish teachers’ institute and went on for many years to work as a Yiddish-Russian teacher in Russia, Lithuania, and Poland. After WWI he immigrated to Brazil where he was a teacher in São Paolo. He contributed to: Di yidishe folkstsaytung (The Jewish people’s newspaper), Di idishe prese (The Jewish press), Di tsayt (The times), and other newspapers and publications in Brazil. In book form: Fun yidishn folklor-oytser, zamlung fun legendes, vunder-mayselekh, mesholim, aforizmen, glaykhvertlekh un reydensartn fun di alte tsaytn biz haynt (From a treasury of Jewish folklore, a collection of legends, wonder tales, fables, aphorisms, witticisms, and proverbs from olden days until today) (São Paolo, 1942), 160 pp. This book was published by a committee for the fortieth anniversary of Mishkis’s work as a teacher.
Sources: Di tsukunft (New York) (January 1945); Elye Lipiner, in Der veg (Mexico City) (November 3, 1956); Lipiner, in Algemeyne entsiklopedye (General encyclopedia), “Yidn H” (New York, 1957), p. 394.
Khayim Leyb Fuks