Tuesday 20 August 2019


TSIRL SHTEYNGART (b. March 11, 1916)
            She was born in Bialystok and graduated from a Polish state school as well as Ginzburg’s commercial school in Bialystok.  She was active from her youth in the Bund.  In 1933 she emigrated to Paris, and she was involved in the French resistance movement against the Nazis.  In 1951 she made her way to Montreal where she worked as a teacher in Jewish schools.  In 1962 she settled in New York.  She began writing for Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris.  She also contributed to: Unzer tsayt (Our times) and Veker (Alarm) in New York.  From 1967 she was writing for Forverts (Forward) in New York, where she wrote about social and political problems.  She also published there a series of travel reportage pieces.  Her pen names include: Tsirl, Nina Blum, Sore Berkovitsh, Ts. Berkovitsh, Khane Lasman, and Ts. B.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 524.

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