Friday 20 July 2018


SHLOYME PIKER (August 20, 1885)
            He was born in Yedinets (Edineţ), Bessarabia.  At age four he moved with his parents to Novoselits (Novoseltsa), near the Austrian border.  He attended religious elementary school until age fourteen, later studying on his own in Sadagura, in the rebbe’s small synagogue.  In 1907 he settled in Vienna.  From 1904 he was writing from time to time for Yiddish and Hebrew newspapers, such as: Meḥazike hadat (Strengthening the faith), Togblat (Daily newspaper) in Lemberg, Folksfraynd (People’s friend) in Sanok, and Morgntsaytung (Morning newspaper) in Vilna, among others.  From 1919 he was the Vienna correspondent for: Dos yudishe folkstsaytung (The Jewish people’s newspaper) in Czernowitz; Hadoar (The mail) in New York; Haynt (Today) and Dos yidishe folk (The Jewish people) in Warsaw; and Unzer tsayt (Our times) in Kishinev; among others.  He also placed articles in: Mizrekh-yud (Eastern Jew) in Belgium, Unzer ruf (Our call), and Hatsfira (The siren), among others.  He published one issue of Vokhnshrift far folk, land un shprakh (Weekly writing for people, land, and language) in February 1919.  Together with Leybl Toybish, he edited the celebratory volume Zikhroynes fun leybl toybish (Memoirs of Leybl Toybish) (Vienna, 1920).  Further information remains unknown.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2
Leyb Vaserman

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