Sunday 10 February 2019


YEKHEZKL KANTOR (b. December 8, 1878)
            He was born in Rogatshov (Rogachev), Byelorussia.  He studied in religious elementary school and public school.  He graduated from the Jewish teachers’ institute and went on to study at Berlin University.  As a young man he joined the Bund and was arrested on several occasions.  At the time of the government of the central assembly in Ukraine (1918-1919), he served as Jewish Commissar for school affairs in the Kiev region and later worked in the Commissariat for Public Education in Moscow.  He began his literary work with illegal Yiddish leaflets, and he contributed to Kiev’s Folkstsaytung (People’s newspaper) (1917-1918), Shul un lebn (School and life), and Emes (Truth), among other serials.  In book form: Politisher alefbeys (Political alphabet) (Moscow: Krasnaya Nov, 1922), 95 pp.[1]  He used as pen names: Davidov, Y. K., and K-r.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3.
Berl Cohen

[1] In Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), there is mentioned such a pamphlet with the same number of pages, but with the publisher given as ORT and attributed to “Yankev Kantor.”

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