MEYER FRUMKIN (b. 1889)
He was born in Telenesht (Telenesti), Bessarabia. He studied in religious elementary school, a yeshiva in Odessa, and with private tutors. In 1906 he moved to Argentina. He worked on the land for a while, and later he was a business employee. He became active in the first Labor Zionist group in Buenos Aires. He was one of the first poets in pioneering Yiddish-language periodicals. He published lyrical and ethnic nationalist poetry, short stories, and translations of midrashim in: Broyt un ere (Bread and honor), Der avangard (The avant-garde), and Di idishe hofenung (The Jewish aspiration) in Buenos Aires (1908-1913); later contributing to Di idishe tsaytung (The Jewish newspaper) and in Hebrew to Dorem (South), among others, in Buenos Aires. In book form: Lider (Poetry) (Buenos Aires, 1920), 96 pp., with a preface by Moyshe Pintshevski. In late 1933 he made aliya to the land of Israel.
Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort un teater in argentine (The published Yiddish word and theater in Argentina), vol. 1 (Buenos Aires, 1941), pp. 135, 176-77; Y. Botoshanski, Mame yidish (Mother Yiddish) (Buenos Aires, 1949), p. 212.
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