Tuesday 16 April 2019


LEYZER KRASKOF (L. CRESKOFF) b. March 12, 1874)
            He was the author of stories and feuilletons, born in Rishkan (Râşcani), Bessarabia.  Kraskof was the Americanized name for Krishkavutski.  He studied in religious elementary school and Russian privately.  He came to the United States in 1905 and took up business.  He debuted in print in Philadelphia’s weekly newspaper Herald (Herald).  He also wrote articles, features, and stories for: Idishe velt (Jewish world), for which he was an internal contributor for ten years; New York’s Vayhayt (Truth), Tog (Day), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), and Groyse kundes (Great prankster); Chicago’s Idisher kuryer (Jewish courier); and Montreal’s Keneder odler (Canadian eagle); among others.  In book form: Oyfen glaykhen veg, bilder, ertsehlungen, ayndrukn (On a similar path, images, stories, impressions) (Philadelphia: Leben, 1924), 207 pp.; Der soykher, der idisher biznesman (The merchant, the businessman) (Philadelphia: Leben, 1928), 358 pp.  Among his pen names: Pinkhesl Soykher Hashmates.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; autobiographical information.
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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