Thursday 28 July 2022


GERSHON BROYDE (1888-1947)

            He was a poet, born in Smorgon (Smarhon’), Byelorussia, into a well-to-do family in the leather business. He studied in Berne, Switzerland. During WWI, he was living in Moscow, involved in business, and writing poetry. He published a cycle of his poems in the Kharkov journal Kunst-ring (Art ring) in 1919. That same year, a collection of his work appeared in print in Moscow, where his poetry was represented together with Daniel Tsharni, Moyshe Broderzon, and Menashe Halperin. In the early 1920s, he was also swept up in the mass emigration of Jewish intellectuals, and in 1921 he settled in Berlin. In 1925 he moved to the Land of Israel.

            His work includes: Zalbefert (All four) (Moscow, 1918), a poetry collection with Broyde’s work together with that of Menashe Halperin, Moyshe Broderson, and Daniel Tsharni.

Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 61.

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