Sunday 29 July 2018


FROYM-FISHL PERLMUTER (May 15, 1894-June 14, 1965)
            He was born in Rovno, Volhynia.  In his youth he moved to Lodz.  He studied in religious elementary school and later became a tailor.  Until 1907 he was active in the Lodz Jewish labor movement.  He then immigrated to the United States, lived in New York until 1912, and later departed for London; in 1922 he came to Montreal, Canada, and then back to the United States.  From 1943 he lived in Pasadena, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.  He debuted in print with poetry in Lodzer nakhrikhtn (Lodz reports) in 1907, and went on to publish poems, stories, sketches, impressions, and short features in: Lodzer tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper), Nayer folksblat (New people’s newspaper), Lodzer folksblat (Lodz people’s newspaper), Romantsaytung (Fiction newspaper), and Der shtrahl (The beam [of light]) in Warsaw; Arbeter fraynd (Friend of labor), Dr. Zalkind’s Idishe velt (Jewish world), the monthly Yugend-shtrahlen (Youth beams), and Di tsayt (The times), among others, in London; Vilner tog (Vilna day), Kopenhagener vokhenblat (Copenhagen weekly newspaper), Keneder odler (Canadian eagle), Nyuansn (Nuances), and Der idisher zhurnal (The Jewish journal), among others; Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor), Di feder (The pen), and Nyu yorker vokhnblat (New York weekly newspaper) in New York.  In the summer of 1964 he visited the state of Israel and wrote poems for Letste nayes (Latest news), Folksblat (People newspaper), Yisroel-shtime (Voice of Israel), and Problemen (Problems) in Tel Aviv.  He suddenly fell ill and had to leave Israel.  He was later hospitalized for a time before dying in Santa Barbara, California.

Source: Information from Y. A. Rontsh in Los Angeles.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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