Wednesday 12 December 2018


AVROM FRISH (1891-1943)
            He was born in Kolomaye, eastern Galicia.  He attended religious elementary school, graduated from a Polish high school, and later studied medicine at the University of Vienna.  He served in the Austrian army in WWI.  From 1920 he worked for various Jewish institutions in Kolomaye and served as director of the local Jewish hospital as well as being a leader of the legal Bund.  He contributed poetry to the Warsaw-based Folks-tsaytung (People’s newspaper) and other publications.  In book form: Libe, nisht mer (Love, nothing more) (Kolomaye: Bloyer shtrokh, 1938), 120 pp.  He also left in manuscript Yiddish translations of plays by Shakespeare and Goethe’s Faust.  During the Nazi occupation during the years of WWII, he remained active in the Kolomaye ghetto.  He was killed by the Germans.

Sources: Foroys (Warsaw) (August 5, 1938); “Yizker” (Remembrance), Yidishe shriftn (Lodz) (1946); Pinkes kolomaye (Records of Kolomaye) (New York, 1957), pp. 285-86.
Benyomen Elis

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