Wednesday 10 October 2018


NOSN FIDEL (b. 1895)

            He was a poet and playwright, born in Smile, Kiev district, Ukraine. He received a Jewish and a partial secular education. He lived in Kiev and Odessa. Until WWI, he published poetry and sketches in Gut morgn (Good morning) in Odessa, and after the Revolution in various Soviet publications: Der odeser arbiter (The Odessa worker), Der shtern (Star) in Kharkov, and Yungvarg (Youth) and Pyoner (Pioneer) in Moscow, among others. He authored a play entitled Erev komune (On the eve of the Commune), which was performed in 1920 in the Odessa Yiddish Theater. According to certain information, he lived for a time in the first half of the 1930s in Birobidzhan. From the time of the Show Trials in 1937, there has been no further information about him.

Sources: Information from Yankev Apteyker and from Hershl Vaynroykh in New York.

Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: 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), p. 290.]

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