Friday 1 December 2017


            He was one of the Warsaw novelists and playwrights of the late nineteenth century, “who stood at the threshold of literature and, with a few exceptions, indeed remained stuck in that antechamber” (according to Yankev Shatski).  He was the author of the theatrical piece: Di geheymnise fon di varshever yudishe rzondtses (The secret of the Warsaw Jewish Rzondtses) (Warsaw: H. Kelter, 1882), 48 pp., which introduced a sharp antagonism between a poor tenant and the Jewish homeowner (This play is now a rare item).  A photostat of it may be found in the YIVO library in New York.  Margolis also authored a novel entitled Di gefunune elterin (The located female parent), “a novel / written by Froym Margolis / with perpetual rights to be sold given to R. Zalmen Berzinski / reprints strictly forbidden / Warsaw” (1894), 54 pp.

Sources: Dr. Y. Shatski, Geshikhte fun yidn in varshe (History of Jews in Warsaw), vol. 3 (New York: YIVO, 1953), p. 268; N. Oyslender, in Biblyografishe zamlbukh (Bibliographic collection), vol. 1 (Moscow-Kharkov-Minsk, 1933), p. 197.
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