Friday 27 July 2018


SHAPSE PERL (S. PEREL) (September 18, 1906-April 22, 1976)
            He was born in Yarmelinets (Yarmolyntsi), Podolia, Ukraine.  He studied with his father and grandfather, both Rizhiner (Ruzhiner) Hassidism.  He also attended public school.  Because of pogroms and civil war, he was unable to continue his studies in a regular manner.  In 1927 he made his way with his parents to Canada.  He settled in Montreal and became a tailor’s cutter.  He began publishing in 1929 for the journal Royerd (Virgin soil), edited by Y. Y. Sigal in Montreal.  He also contributed poems to: Montrealer heftn (Montreal notebooks), Heftn (Notebooks), Kanader zhurnal (Canada journal), and Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal; Dos yidishe vort (The Jewish word) in Winnipeg; Kamf (Struggle) in Toronto; and Signal (Signal) in New York.  In book form: Fun khaver tsu khaver (From friend to friend) (Montreal, 1934), 62 pp.  He died in Montreal.

Sources: G. Pomerants, in Der shigl (Buenos Aires) (October 5, 1934); Sh. Shtern, in Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (November 16, 1934); Y. Rabinovitsh, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (November 5, 1959).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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