Tuesday 16 April 2019


HERMAN KRASILOVSKI (b. March 22, 1890)
            A journalist and translator, he was born in Izmail, Bessarabia.  He graduated from a Jewish public school.  In 1910 he settled in Carlos-Casares, Argentina and founded a Yiddish publishing house.  With the collaboration of Mortkhe Alperson and Avrom Rozenfeld, he published there the weekly newspaper Der fertheydiger (The defender) in 1912 and Zamel-bukh (Anthology) of the newspaper in 1913—the first published Yiddish book in Argentina.  The weekly newspaper was later transferred to Buenos Aires, but several months later it closed down in 1914.  From time to time, he wrote for newspapers in Buenos Aires: Der tog (The day) in 1915, Di gezelshaft (The community), Di idishe velt (The Jewish world), Der avangard (The avant-garde), Di prese (The press), and Di idishe tsaytung (The Jewish newspaper).  From 1923 he was one of the publishers and contributors to the humorous weekly Penemer un penemlekh (Appearances, big and small), and he translated stories from Spanish and Russian—among others, Israel Elyashberg’s Der rov un der di gefalene (The rabbi and the harlot) (Buenos Aires, 1935), 300 pp.  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort in argentina (The published Yiddish word in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944), p. 921; P. Kats, Geklibene shriftn (Selected writings), vol. 5 (Buenos Aires, 1946), p. 100.
Yoysef Horn

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