Born on 22 January 1879
in Novominsk (now Minsk Mazovietsk), Warsaw Gubernia,
Poland, to very pious, Chasidic parents. Three years
later there was a big fire in the town, and his
parents lost their property in the fire, and they
subsequently moved over to Warsaw.
His father was a former
rabbi who took it upon himself to teach his
three-year-old son, who began to manifest a great
perception and sharpness. At the age of ten A. by
himself learned Shemesh, evoking admiration even
among great scholars, and he acquired a name as [elui].
At age eleven his mother
died, whom he had loved deeply, and he fell into
such a melancholia that he wholly committed himself
During the same time, he
came under the influence of the work of Dinezon,
Mendele and Peretz. He secretly secured the
booklets, and under the impression of this new world
that the books evoked in him, he lost his desire to
learn, and at age thirteen he became a boot stitcher.
At the same time he learned on his own to write in
Yiddish and Russian. .
At age fifteen he began
to write songs that were later, together with an
entire package of other writings, such as stories or
one-acters, burnt up by his father.
At age seventeen, tiring of boot manufacturing and
no longer being able to endure the strife at home,
he stole ten rubles from a sister and fled for
Warsaw. For four years he suffered in exile across
Poland and Lite (Lithuania), hunger and frost.... At
age twenty-one he returned home, was released from
military service, made peace with his father,
married, went back to work, and again continued his
In 1908 he wrote his
first play, "Di geshterte khasene," which on 24
February 1917 was staged in Vienna in the Stefanie
Theatre by the actor Reyzman.
In 1914 he moved over to
Krakow, then Austria. During the outbreak of battle,
he was taken captive in a camp in a far-off town.
There he founded together with a director of the
Baron Hirsch School, Lulker, a leyenshtub (rest
home?), a library, a theatre group, which played on
each Shabes and Sunday. He then wrote for them many
one-acters, among them: "Di shvindzikhtike," "A shtikl tsuker", "Der meus", "Zoshe-popiele", "A
khosn-- a poet", "Hersh velvele," "Tsvishn tsvay
flamen" and "Koncurent."
In 1915 he began to work
as a correspondent for the Lemberg "Tageblat," and
in the "Vienna morgn-tsaytung." In 1916, when the
captivity camp became moved in Lindenburg, he also
founded there a library and a theatre group.
In 1917 he wrote his
play "Zelig furman", which was staged on 4 February
1918 in the Vienna Stefanie Theatre under the
direction of Reyzman.
In 1918 A. returned to
Krakow, and he wrote there a play "Khsa hrbnus," in
which he portrayed in an artistic fashion the
experiences and conflicts in a rabbinic court. The
play on 23 July 1921 was staged by Zygmunt Turkow in
Warsaw's Central Theatre. The play also may have
been published in Y. M. Veysberg's publishing hours,
which however had a fire....
In 1920 A. moved over to
Lodz, where he was an independent contributor in the
"Lodzer tageblat," in which he printed several
hundred folk stories and Chasidic stories as well as
modern stories that were printed in the Yiddish
press of the entire world. Here he also participated
and was active in a literary union, excelling as a
devoted friend and honest human being.
In Lodz A. again devoted
his energies to writing plays, and so he wrote there
"in each time" -- a folks play from [Mhrls] time,
"In di shturm-teg" -- a war drama, "Der kunst moler,"
"Di filantropn," "Der feldsher-yung," a lebensbild
in four acts, which on 31 January 1925 was staged in
Lodz's Skala Theatre by Kompaneyets' troupe.
A., who had only a year
earlier manifested a special excitement for the
actress Esther Rukhl Kaminska, also had begun to
write a play "Di shoyshpilerin," in which he wanted,
in the manner of Dumas' play "Kean," to portray the
life of Esther Rukhl Kaminska, but the difficult
material conditions which affected the larger part
of his life, had a great deal of impact; A. had been
laid up [in bed] due to a chronic bronchitis. In
October 1924 he [tsugekilt] himself, contracting a
lung infection, and after being ill for several
months, he passed away on 31 August 1925 in Lodz,
and there was brought to his eternal rest.
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature," Vol. I, pp.
A. Eyzenslas -- "Der
dank" in "Ma"k," Lodz, 3, 1922.
Yosef Turko -- A.
eyznslos, "Literarishe bleter," "Nf"bl" and "Haynt".
Yosef Turko --
Alter eyzenshlos, "Nf"bl," 22 August 1926.
A. Eyznshlos --
Yidish teater in di estreykhishe barakn-lagers,
"teater zikhrunus", editor Z. Zylbercweig,
Vilna, 1928, pp. 11-26.