Monday 19 August 2019


MORTKHE SHTEYNBERG (b. January 1, 1914)
            He was born in Berestetshke (Berestechko), Volhynia.  He attended religious elementary school and later a Tarbut school.  In 1946 he returned to Poland from the Soviet Union and in 1957 left for Israel.  In 1929 he debuted in print with a story in the weekly newspaper Voliner shtime (Voice of Volhynia) in Rovno.  He contributed to: Voliner lebn (Volhynia life), Voliner prese (Volhynia press) in Loytsk (Lutsk), Dubner lebn (Dubno life), Kovler shtime (Voice of Kovel), and Undzer veg (Our way) in Lemberg; Der fraynd (The friend) in Warsaw (1935); Kiev’s Shtern (Star) (9140); Dos naye lebn (The new life) (1948).  In Israel: Eygns (One’s own), Yidishe tsaytung (Jewish newspaper), Undzer shrift (Our writing), Yisroel shtime (Voice of Israel), and the almanac Hefa (Haifa); among others.  In 1936 he edited the journal Unzer ekho (Our echo).  He authored stories, poetry, reportage pieces, and literary articles.  His books include: Bloye horizontn, dertseylung, minyatur, reportazh (Blue horizons, story, miniature, reportage) (Tel Aviv: Leivick Publ., 1983), 174 pp.; Shpiglen, eseyen (Mirrors, essays) (Tel Aviv: Leivick Publ., 1984), 191 pp.  His pen names: A Voliner, Markus, Berl Zinger, and Benesh.
Ruvn Goldberg

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 524.]

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