V. was born on 12 February 1896 in Kalushin, Warsaw
region, Poland, into a poor, Chasidic family.
He learned in a cheder, Beit
HaMedrash, later, through [his own culture=zelbstbildung],
acquired secular knowledge.
In 1917 he settled in
From his younger years he
was active with the Left Poaeli Zion, and since 1919 he
began to publish songs, also later articles,
feuilletons, reviews, and translations.
Since 1924 he had published
several works and was a permanent collaborator in the "Groshn-bibliotek"
for which he had written very many entire brochures.
In 1921 in the publishing
house "Phoenix", Warsaw, he published dramatizations of
Victor Hugo's novel "Der tiran fun padua".
Until September 1939 V. had
lived in Warsaw, where he also had (was in) the ghetto
-- according to B. Mark -- under the name "L. Pelzner",
reading his drama "Naftali", which the written hand must
be found among the Lodz material of the Yiddish
Shortly thereafter the
Germans had taken Poland, and V. had fled to Bialystok,
that then was under Soviet rule, where he was however
pursued due to his what was then his critical attitude
to Bolshevism. He was taken away from there, living in a
village around Kremenets, Volin, and after the German
assault on the Soviets (June 1941) he, together with the
writers Sh. Zaromb and Yerakhmiel Neyberg, were taken
away from Kremenets and there killed by the Nazis.
"Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre", New York, 1931, Vol. I, p. 644.
"Lexicon of the New
Yiddish Literature", New York, 1960, Vol. 3, pp.