H. (HYMAN) ERLIKH (May 15, 1888-June 19, 1981)
He was born in Dankere (Dankeri), Latvia, to a father who was a cobbler. He received a traditional education in religious elementary school. For political reasons, he immigrated to South Africa in 1906 and settled in Johannesburg. He was a cofounder of the local Yiddish literary association. He contributed humorous sketches, monologues, and feature pieces to Johannesburg publications: Dos naye vort (The new word), Dorem-afrike (South Africa), and Afrikaner yidishe tsaytung (African Jewish newspaper) for which he was a regular writer. His book-length works include: Ot azoy, humoreskes, stsenkes, monologn (That’s the way, humorous sketches, stage scenes, monologues) (Johannesburg: Kayor, 1950), 95 pp.; Dankere, ṭipn un epizodn fun a shtetl in letland mit 60 yor tsurik (Dankeri, types and episodes from a town in Latvia sixty years ago) (Johannesburg: Kayor, 1956), 64 pp.; Vaksn, vaksn blimelekh, kinder-lider (Little flowers growing, children’s songs) (Johannesburg: Kayor, 1964), 46 pp.; Shtile vegn (Quiet roads) (Johannesburg, 1979), 97 pp. He also published under the pen name: E. Blum. He died in Johannesburg.
[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 420.]
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