Tuesday 20 August 2019


PNKHES SHTEYNVAKS (July 17, 1908-May 11, 1977)
            He was a journalist and the author of stories, born in Sokolov-Podolsk (Sokołów Podlaski), Poland.  He attended the Warsaw Tachkemoni and graduated from a pharmacy course of study in Warsaw in 1929.  He was a leader in the Zionist labor movement.  From 1941 he was living in the United States.  He began writing articles for Volkovisker lebn (Wołkowysk life).  He later wrote for the daily newspaper in Grodno Moment (Moment), Warsaw’s Dos vort (The word)—later Dos nayer vort (The new word)—and after WWII for a number of Yiddish newspapers in the North America, South America, and Europe.  He also wrote stories about Jewish life in Poland.  His works include: Yidn tsum gedenken (Jews to remember) (Buenos Aires: Central Association of Polish Jews in Argentina, 1955), 340 pp.; Siluetn fun a dor (Silhouettes of a generation) (New York and Buenos Aires: Shoresh, 1958), 315 pp.; Yidishe mames tsum gedenken (Jewish mothers to remember) (Buenos Aires: Central Association of Polish Jews in Argentina, 1959), 202 pp.; Tsienistn (Zionists) (Buenos Aires: Kiem, 1961), 279 pp.; Demuyot venofim yehudim (Jewish profiles and landscapes) (Tel Aviv: Eked, 1981), 366 pp.—a selection of his writings, translated into Hebrew by M. alamish.  He died in New York.

Sources: Shloyme Bikl, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (July 6, 1958); Yankev Glants, in Der veg (Mexico City) (July 26, 1958); Yitskhok Yanasovitsh, in Di prese (Buenos Aires) (December 12, 1959); Yankev Glatshteyn, In tokh genumen (In essence), vol. 2 (Buenos Aires, 1960), p. 101; Salomon Kahan, Literarishe un zhurnalistishe fartseykhenungen (Literary and journalistic notes) (Mexico City, 1961), pp. 157-62.
Sh. Apter

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

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