IZYO SHERF (Isiu Schärf, 1913-1994)
He was a graphic artist, born in Czernowitz. He provided scenographies for Sh. Shvarts’s miniature theater “Kamelon” (1933) and for the Yiddish state theater of Jassy (Iași) (1950-1963). He created the scenography for plays by Sholem-Aleichem, Avrom Goldfaden, Yankev Gordin, and Der Tunkeler. He had illustrations in: Leyb Levin’s Zeks shloflider (Six lullabies) (Czernowitz, 1939; Tel Aviv, 1969); Bilder un motivn fun der yidisher literatur (Images and motifs in Yiddish literature) (Tel Aviv, 1969); Zelik Berditshever’s Lider mit nigunim (Poems with melodies) (Tel Aviv, 1980), 47 pp. He prepared 100 graphics for publication for Yiddish expressions.
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 533.