YITSKHOK FERNHOF (1868-February 23, 1919)
The father of Moyshe Fernhof, he was born in Zlotshev (Złoczów), eastern Galicia. He studied in religious elementary school and in a public school. He was one of the first followers of the Jewish Enlightenment in eastern Galicia and among the first contributors and builders of the Yiddish and Hebrew press and periodicals in Galicia. He wrote poetry, stories, and articles in: all editions of Gershom Bader’s Yudisher folks-kalendar (Jewish people’s calendar, 1896-1912); the weekly newspapers Hakarmel (The Carmel) and Haivri (The Jew) in Lemberg; Ishi yehudi (Jewish man) in Kolomaye (1896-1900); Der id (The Jew) in Warsaw-Cracow (1904-1906); Folksfraynd (Friend of the people) in Sanok; Der veker (The alarm) and Yudishe folkstsaytung (Jewish people’s newspaper) in Stanisle (Stanislavov); Yudishe ilustrirte tsaytung (Jewish illustrated newspaper), Dr. Birnboym’s Vokhenshrift (Weekly writing), and Der veg (The way), among others, in Vienna; Togblat (Daily newspaper) in Lemberg (1904-1917); Der tog (The day) in Cracow (1909-1913); and Moyshe Frostig’s Yudishe kalendar (Jewish calendar) (1909-1913); among others. He was a contributor to the Hebrew-language: Haet (The era) in Lemberg; Sifre shaashuim (Books for enjoyment) in Złoczów (he was also editor for six of its anthologies, 1896-1899); and Hamitspe (The watchtower) in Cracow (1905-1906); and Hayarden (The garden) in Stanislavov (1908). He died in Stanislavov.
Sources: Moyshe Fernhof, in Di frayhayt (Czernowitz) (February 26, 1920); Dr. Yoysef Tenenboym, Galitsye, mayn heym (Galicia, my home) (Buenos Aires, 1952).
Khayim Leyb Fuks