HERSH SHVARTS (b. April 8, 1906)
The author of stories, he was born in Sekuran (Secureni), Bessarabia. He attended religious elementary schools and later a high school. From 1926 he was living in Brazil. He began writing with a sketch in Brazilyaner idishe prese (Brazilian Jewish press) in 1926. He contributed stories to: Di prese (The press) and Der shpigl (The mirror) in Buenos Aires; Folkstsaytung (People’s newspaper) and Unzer baytrog (Our contribution) in Rio de Janeiro; Der nayer moment (The new moment) in São Paolo; Tsukunft (Future) and Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter) in New York; and Heymish (Familiar) in Tel Aviv; among other serials. In book form: Der onheyb (The beginnings) (Rio de Janeiro: Monte Scopus, 1954), 217 pp.; Heym grin-goldene, dertseylungen (Home green-golden, stories) (Rio de Janeiro, 1960), 272 pp. His work also appeared in Shmuel Rozhanski’s anthology Brazilyanish (Brazilian) (Buenos Aires, 1973). Shvarts depicts Jewish life in the old country as well as in Brazil.
Sources: Der Lebediker (Khayim Gutman), in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (July 17, 1955); Froym Oyerbakh, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (December 18, 1960); Pinkes (New York, 1965), pp. 275-76; Yitskhok-Zelik Rayzman, Yidishe sheferishkayt in lender fun portugalishn loshn, portugal un brazil (Jewish creativity in lands of the Portuguese language, Portugal and Brazil) (Tsfat: Muzeon leomanut hadefus, 1975), pp. 297-302.