Monday 18 March 2019


MORTKHE KUPER (1898-1976)
            He was born Mortkhe Kupershlok in Shargorod (Sharhorod), Ukraine, into a merchant family.  In 1921 he came to the United States.  He published stories in Yisroel-shtime (Voice of Israel) in Tel Aviv and chapters from his book, Di yidn fun mayn benkshaft, zikhroynes fun mayn heymshtot shargorod (The Jews of my longing, memoirs from my hometown of Sharhorod) (Buenos Aires: Kiem), 502 pp., in Forverts (Forward) in New York.  The books concerned the old Jewish life style in a Ukrainian town.  He lived for many years in Boston, where he was buried.  He died in Los Angeles.

Sources: F. Lerner, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (December 29, 1968); Y. Yanasovitsh, in Di prese (Buenos Aires) (January 18, 1969); Y. Emyot, in Forverts (New York) (February 16, 1969).
Berl Cohen

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 482.]

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