Tuesday 20 November 2018


            He was born in Naystot-Shaki (Kudirkos Naumiestis), Lithuania.  He was a Hebrew-Yiddish poet and a doctor of philosophy.  Over the years 1922-1940, he served as director of the Hebrew senior high school in Kovno.  Together with Dr. A. Elyashev (Bal-Makhshoves) and engineer I. Y. Aynhorn, he edited Folks-universitet (People’s university), “systematic courses of education” (Warsaw: Levin-Epshteyn, 1920).  In the years of the Nazi occupation, he was confined in the Vilna ghetto, edited Geto yedies (Ghetto news), and gave talks about Perets, Mendele, and others.  He wrote essays about H. Leivick and Avrom Sutzkever.  He was deported by the Germans to Estonia.  He died in the Dautmergen concentration camp.

Source: Shmerke Katsherginski, Khurbn vilne (The Holocaust in Vilna) (New York, 1947).
Leyb Vaserman

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 449.]

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