Thursday, 14 December 2017


VOLF NODEL (1897-1939)
            He was an active leader in the Communist Party of Byelorussia and a member of the Minsk Region Committee of Trade Unions from 1922 until 1934.  He visited the central and eastern Soviet republics (Turkestan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan) and wrote about them in the Yiddish and Russian press.  He served as co-editor (with Sh. Agurski, Aronson, Yankl Levin, and others) of the monthly journal Der shtern (The star) in Minsk (1925-1934), and in the first issue he published an essay entitled “Shtot un dorf” (City and village), a contentious issue of the day around which heated debates ensued; Nodel was especially interested in the intermediate role to be played by the town (shtetl).  He edited Profesyonele bavegung (Trade union movement) in Minsk (1921-1922), organ of the Minsk regional council of trade unions, initially a biweekly and from issue 19 a weekly.  He also contributed to: Emes (Truth), Oktyabr (October), and Der yunger arbeter (The young worker), among other serials, in which he wrote on trade unions and the relations between village and city and published translations.  He translated from Russian the pamphlet: Dem kolvirtishn handl tsu dinst der sotsialistisher boyung (Collective farm trade to service the building of socialism) (Moscow, 1932), 52 pp.  His life was interrupted in the latter half of the 1930s amid the cold northern snows whence he deported with his life-partner, Sonye Fray.

Sources: Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; N. Rubinshteyn, Dos yidishe bukh in sovetnfarband (The Yiddish book in the Soviet Union) (Minsk, 1932); Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 244-45.]

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