AVROM PRIBLUDE (April 1, 1900-1978)
A journalist, ethnographer, and historian, he was born in Balte (Balta), Russia, into the family of a bookbinder. From early youth, he worked with his father and became a bibliophile. He studied in religious elementary school, later in a Russian high school. He graduated from the law and history faculties of Odessa University. He worked as a teacher of Jewish history. He later moved over to law and worked in the office of the national minorities in the Odessa municipal court; he translated into Yiddish the criminal and land legal codes. He later moved to Moscow, where he undertook research into Jewish anthroponymy and the role of Jews in social and political life in Tsarist and Soviet Russia, in the civil war, and in WWII, as well as on Jewish diplomats and state leaders. From the 1970s, he wrote on these topics in Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) in Moscow, Folksshtime (Voice of the people) in Warsaw, and other Yiddish and Russian publications. His publications include: “Tsu der geshikhte fun yidish familye-nemen” (On the history of Jewish family names), Sovetish heymland 6 (1987).
Sources: Sovetish heymland, Materyaln far a leksikon fun der yidisher sovetisher literatur (Materials for a handbook of Soviet Jewish literature) (September 1975-); M. Grayzer, in Morgn frayhayt (new York) (December 18, 1974).
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 435; 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. 286-87.