Thursday 23 August 2018


SHLOYME PRES (1870-1961)
            He was born in Kalvarye (Kalvarija), Kovno district, Lithuania.  He studied in yeshivas, later becoming a worker in a publishing house.  Over the years 1891-1894, he lived in London and Manchester, before coming to the United States.  He was an active leader in the anarchist movement as well as in the Boston’s “independent workmen’s circle” in Massachusetts.  He debuted in print with an article entitled “Di neviim un der sotsyalizm” (The prophets and socialism) in Arbeter fraynd (Friend of labor) in London (1892), using the pen name Amri Shefer.  He was a regular contributor to Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York, in which aside from feature pieces (written under the pen name A Kleynshtetldiker) he also published articles on social problems and cultural issues.  He placed work as well in: Fraye gezelshaft (Free society) and Abend-tsaytung (Evening newspaper) in New York; and Dos naye vort (The new word) in Boston (editor, 1914-1920).  In his last years he owned a publishing house.  He died in Boston.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; R. Roker, In shturem (In the storm) (Buenos Aires, 1952), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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