Wednesday 21 February 2018


DOVID SAPIR (1892-September 21, 1953)
            He was born in Bialystok, Russian Poland.  He studied in religious elementary schools and in a yeshiva, and secular knowledge he pursued privately.  At age sixteen he departed for the land of Israel, but due to illness he had to leave and returned to Bialystok, where he became a commercial traveler.  From 1919 he published in Bialystok’s Dos naye leben (The new life), edited by P. Kaplan: stories, sketches, impressions, and feature pieces.  In 1927 he published in the same periodical a novel in three parts, “Der dor fun di shvakhe” (The generation of the weak).  Several of his stories were republished in Der idisher zhurnal (The Jewish journal) in Toronto, Canada.  Before WWII he left for the United States.  He died in New York.

Sources: Jubilee issue of Dos naye leben (Bialystok) (April 4, 1929); Byalistoker almanakh (Bialystok almanac) (Bialystok, 1931); Byalistoker leksikon (Bialystok handbook) (Bialystok, 1935); Byalistoker shtime (New York) (April 1954).
Yankev Kahan

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