YANKEV PLIKH (1897-1980)
He was a Soviet literary cholar and teacher, born in the town of Samgorod (Samhorodok), Ukraine. At age sixteen he graduated as an external student from high school and became a private tutor in the homes of the wealthy. He later received a higher education. In the 1930s he taught Yiddish and Western European literature in the Odessa pedagogical technicum and later in a pedagogical institute. He published articles on the Yiddish classics and on Soviet Yiddish writers. After WWII he worked in schools and technical institutions in Odessa and published in Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland).
Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 283-84.