NATAN PERSKI (PERSKY) (b. 1909)
He was born in the town of Podbrod (Pabrade), near Vilna. He graduated from the Vilna Hebrew teachers’ seminary, and thereafter, until 1935, he was a teacher in Vilna, Grodno, and Warsaw. He began writing lyrical poetry in Di tsayt (The times) in Vilna (1928), and later he contributed to: the anthologies Ershter shnit (First cut) (1929-1932), Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves), Haynt (Today), and Dos vort (The word), among others, in Warsaw; Tsukunft (Future) in New York; and elsewhere. From 1935 he was living in the land of Israel. He was a teacher and worker at a series of Hebrew pedagogical institutes in the state of Israel. He authored the textbooks: Mikraot yisrael (Reading about Israel), with S. Z. Ariel and M. Blikh (Jerusalem, 1955/1956-); Toledot yisrael (History of Israel), with B. Avivi (Tel Aviv, 1952-). He was last living in Tel Aviv, administrator of a high school.
Sources: Sh. Zaromb, in Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (September 24, 1929); N. Mayzil, in Haynt (Warsaw) (July 5, 1935); Shmerke katsherginski-ondenk-bukh (Memorial volume for Shmerke Katsherginski) (Buenos Aires, 1955), p. 333; Y. Yeshurin, in Tsukunft (New York) (December 1962).
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