Tuesday 20 August 2019


SHMUEL SHTEYNBERG (September 4, 1844-April 5, 1911)
            He was born in Brisk (Brest), the son of a lawyer.  His Russified given names were Ksaverii Grigorevich.  His initial education was in a religious elementary school, and he went on to graduate from high school in Grodno.  In 1867 he completed the course of study at the medical surgery academy in St. Petersburg.  He quickly advanced as a military doctor, but in 1892 he had to resign because of his refusal to convert.  In 1899 he joined the Zionist Organization and frequently attended Zionist congresses.  For many years he practiced as a lawyer in Brest.  He excelled in his love of Yiddish and authored several booklets: Bilder fun der groyser sreyfe in brisk (Images from the great fire in Brest) (Brest, ca. 1895), a monologue from an elderly Jewish woman in Brest against charitable societies and community leaders; a drama, Khaveles mazl (Little Eve’s luck) (Brest: Rozental, ca. 1895); another drama, Hinda idelson (Hinda Idelson) (Cracow, 1904), 67 pp. (possibly also: Warsaw, 1905), from “contemporary Jewish life in Romania”; and a booklet concerning epidemic illnesses which appeared around this time.  He wrote more in Russian, mainly for Voskhod (Arise).  He died in St. Petersburg.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4.
Berl Cohen

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