Tuesday 11 December 2018


            He was born in Belz, Bessarabia.  At ten years of age, he began working in an oil factory.  He later worked as a turner and became involved in revolutionary activities.  In 1927 he came to the United States and took a three-year course at the leftist Jewish labor university in New York.  In 1930 he debuted in print with a poem in Morgn-frayhayt (Morning freedom).  He later contributed poetry to: the anthology Yunyon-skver (Union Square) in New York; and the almanac In shotn fun tlies, almanakh fun der yidisher proletarisher literatur in di kapitalistishe lender (In the shadow of the gallows, an almanac of Yiddish proletarian literature in the capitalist countries) (Kharkov-Kiev, 1932).  He left in manuscript a drama entitled Relsn (Rails), about the lives of metal workers in America.

Sources: A. Pomerants, in Proletpen (Kiev) (1935), p. 233; Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Benyomen Elis

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