YISROEL FREYNKEL (February 1885-1965)
He was born in the town of Upine (Upyna), Lithuania. Until age sixteen he studied in the Telz yeshiva. He later became a bookkeeper. He lived for a time in St. Petersburg, where he was active in the Zionist Socialist party. He spent two years in the United States and in 1913 left for South Africa. There he contributed to a variety of literary publications, gave speeches, and was a cofounder of Johannesburg’s “Yiddish Literary Association.” He died in Johannesburg.
Source: Ben-Shloyme, in Dorem-afrike (Johannesburg) (May-June 1965).