ARN-SHLOYME TSINTSINATUS (July 10, 1895-May 2, 1961)
He was born in Zgerzh (Zgierz), near Lodz, Poland. He attended religious elementary school and secular high school. He studied in the law division of Vilna University. He began writing in middle school, contributing to the Vilna daily newspaper Di tsayt (The times), Warsaw’s Haynt (Today), and Kovno’s Shtime (Voice). He was arrested in 1939 by the NKVD (Soviet secret police) in Vilna, was thrown in prison, and then was deported to a camp. He later made his way to Kuibyshev and became vice-chairman of the Union of Polish Patriots (ZPP [Związek Patriotów Polskich]). In 1946 he moved to Lodz and worked for a brief period of time in the office of state repatriation and later in the press division of the Jewish central committee in Warsaw. He wrote for Dos naye lebn (The new life) in Lodz. In 1948 he was delegated by the central committee to attend a cultural conference in Paris, and there he remained. He contributed work to Unzer vort (Our word), and he was an active participant in Jewish cultural life. In July 1950 he made aliya to Israel. He was a contributor there to Letste nayes (Latest news) in Tel Aviv. He lived in Ramat-Gan, where he died.
Sources: Y. Yanasovitsh, in Dos naye lebn (Lodz) (1947); Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957), p. 257; Meylekh Ravitsh, Mayn leksikon (My lexicon), vol. 3 (Montreal, 1958), p. 485; Y. Paner, Almanakh fun yidishe shrayber in yisroel (Almanac of Yiddish writers in Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1962), p. 375.