Monday 17 September 2018


YITSKHOK FOGEL (1912-1973)
            He was born in Pinsk.  He moved at a very young age in 1921 to Canada and attended the Montreal Jewish Public School.  He also studied at the New York Jewish teachers’ seminary.  While a student in public schools, he published in Bliende tsveygelekh (Blooming twigs) in 1923 a poem—“Der shoymer” (The guard)—which was a huge success.  His most important poem was “Di fisher fun tshernov” (The fisherman from Tshernov), Folks-shul-bukh (Public school book) (1929); in it he shows the influence of Kulbak and of Avrom Reyzen.  He died in Paterson, New Jersey.  Further information remains unknown.

Source: Kh. M. Kayzerman-Vital, Idishe dikhter in kanade (Yiddish poets in Canada) (Montreal, 1934), pp. 217, 219.
Yankev Kahan

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