Sunday 24 February 2019


ITSIK KAPITANOV (May 11, 1911-November 19, 1978)
            He was born in Kishinev.  He spent WWII in the Soviet Union.  He was arrested by the Soviet authorities for Zionist activities and deported for ten years to camps in Siberia.  In 1950 he was freed and from 1967 he was living in Israel.  In the 1930s he published poetry, sketches, and stories about the craftsmen’s backstreets where he grew up for the Romanian Yiddish press and later in Soviet Russia.  In 1939 he edited (with S. Bronshteyn) a literary collection entitled Eyns (One) in Bucharest.  He published poetry and memoirs in Letste nayes (Latest news) and Yisroel shtime (Voice of Israel).  In book form: In sibirer farshikung (In Siberian exile) (Tel Aviv: Leivivk Publ., 1983), 149 pp.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Natan Mark, Yidish-literatur in rumenye fun ir onheyb biz 1968 (Yiddish literature in Romania from its beginning until 1968) (Haifa: Halevanon, 1971), p. 121; Volf Tambur, Yidish-prese in rumenye (The Yiddish press in Romania) (Bucharest: Kriteryon, 1977), see index; M. Sektsyer, in Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (December 1, 1978).
Ruvn Goldberg

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 475-76.]

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