Monday, 14 May 2018

M. SELIM


M. SELIM (1901-194?)
            Pseudonym of Meyer Bernholts, he was born in the town of Żuromin, Plotsk (Płock) district, Poland, to Orthodox parents.  He studied in religious elementary schools and yeshivas.  At age eighteen he took up secular education, and he later graduated from the state seminary for Jewish teachers in Warsaw and entered Warsaw University.  In 1920 he began to published in Warsaw’s Haynt (Today) feature pieces and impressions, later contributing to the Hebrew-language daily Hayom (Today) and Hatsfira (The siren).  In 1925 he was co-editor and publisher of the journal Yunge shprotsungen (Young sprouts), organ of the young Jewish writers in Poland, in which he also published his stories.  He was killed by the Nazis in Warsaw.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Dr. R. Feldshuh, Yidishe gezelshaftlekher leksikon (Jewish community handbook), vol. 1 (Warsaw, 1939); B. Mark, Umgekumene shrayber fun di getos un lagern (Murders writers from the ghettos and camps) (Warsaw, 1954); autobiographical notes.
Leyzen Ran


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