Wednesday 5 December 2018


DOVID-ARYE FRIDMAN (April 18, 1889-July 4, 1957)
            He was born in Suvalk, Poland.  He attended religious elementary school, yeshiva, and later graduated from Cohen’s high school in Vilna.  He went on to study medicine at Moscow University and served as a military doctor during WWI.  He later worked in various fields of medicine in Hamburg and Berlin.  From 1911 he published critical essays on representative figures of modern literature and world literature in: Hashiloa (The shiloah), Kneset (Gathering), Miklat (Sanctuary), and Tekufa (Epoch), among others.  Together with Tsvi Vislovski, from 1923 he edited the critical bibliographical journal Ein hakore (The reader’s eye).  He published articles, feature pieces, and stories in: Tsukunft (Future), Kovno’s Yidishe shtime (Jewish voice), and Berlin’s Unzer bafrayung (Our liberation) for which he was editor for a time.  For OZE (Obschestvo zdravookhraneniia evreev [Society for the Protection of the Health of the Jewish Population]) in Moscow, he wrote popular medical leaflets, and for OZE in Berlin a booklet on trachoma.  He was the author of a drama entitled Lilis (Lilith) in Tsukunft (New York, 1923).  In 1925 he settled in the land of Israel and participated in medical conferences.  He also wrote for Davar (Word) in Tel Aviv.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 2 (New York, 1934); A. Broydes, in Davar (Tel Aviv) (Av 7, 1957); Y. Tsuzmer, Beikve hador (In the footprints of a generation) (Montreal, 1957), p. 484; Sefer haishim (Biographical dictionary) (Tel Aviv, 1937), p. 398.
Benyomen Elis

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