BEN-TSIEN FEYGIN (BEN ZION FAIGON) (February 28, 1881-1934)
He was born in Lekhevits (Lakhve, Lyakhivtsi), Volhynia. In his youth he was a teacher in a variety of Volhynian towns. In 1910 he made his way to Argentina, where for years he worked as a Hebrew teacher in YIKO (Jewish Cultural Organization) schools in Entre Rios, Rosario, and later Buenos Aires. He debuted in print in Argentiner vokhnblat (Argentinian weekly newspaper) in 1913, publishing stories, sketches, and impressions drawn from Jewish life. He contributed work to: Rozariyer vokhblat (Rosario weekly newspaper), Tog (Day), Idishe hofenung (Jewish hope), Di idishe velt (The Jewish world), Penemer un penemlekh (Appearances, big and small), Argentiner idisher kolonist (Argentinian Jewish colonist), Idishe tsaytung (Jewish newspaper), Atidenu (Our future), and Kol hamore (Voice of the teacher), among others. His work was also represented by a Hassidic tale in: Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Jewish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944). He was the founder of Histadrut hamorim (Federation of teachers) in Entre Rios. He died in Buenos Aires. After his death, his friends brought out a volume of his collected writings: Fun khsidishe shteyger (From a Hassidic position) (Buenos Aires, 1936), 204 pp.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; V. Bresler, ed., Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Jewish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944), p. 921.
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