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The Poet Tzvi Bloshtein
Do not disregard the poor, >from them emanated the Torah
This saying comes to mind when I recall my Keidan friend Tzvi =
Bloshtein.I first met him when I was 15.He was older than me by about 2 =
years.>from bits of information that I have come across I know that his =
father died when he was a young boy. His mother was a baker of bread and =
they struggled.I think he only studied in religion classes. He never =
attended any other school. I do know that the son of the Keidan Rabbi =
taught him Talmud and his relative Dovid Yitzchak Bloshtein taught him =
Hebrew and bible. My cousin who was the same age taught him arithmetic, =
and someone else-the basics of the Russian language.
He was a talented boy and he applied himself to reading, learning and =
development, and by the age of 18 had mastered the Russian language and =
in mathematics he had attained a high level in algebra.
I recall that at the age of 17 he had translated for the first time a =
poem >from Yiddish to Russian which was passed >from hand to hand in the =
town and everyone marvelled at the metre and beauty of the =
translation.>from then he started to write poetry and stories in Yiddish =
that were published in newspapers before the first world war.
We met and went on trips many times. In 1914 he went to live in the =
nearby town of Yanova and worked as a private teacher.
During the war he moved around Russia and continued his writing. In 1919 =
he returned to Lithuania and was an editor on a Jewish weekly( I forget =
its name). He published several books amongst them a Romance. He =
eventually emigrated to South America and finally settled back in Soviet =
Russia-Czernowitz. In the latter years I read some of his stories in =
"Soviet Homeland". The theme-lyrical,life of the labourers before the =
first war, a description of the popular-idealistic revolutionaries.

Although now he is to be found on the other side of the historical =
structural revival of his people I still endorse him as a prolific poet =
and author, a son of Keidan.
By Pesach Weizer-Chittin

Page 213
Bloshtein, Hirsch
(Born 1895)
Poet Idealist.He was born in Keidan to a poor tailor.At the age of 12 he =
lost his father. He worked with backward children in order to help his =
mother with his earnings.In 1912 he started to publish poetry. During =
the war he was exiled to the Ukraine with other Jews of the town.
He published stories in "Our Life" in Odessa. He translated comedies for =
the theatre "Our Lot". He put together a book of poems called "Rabbi =
Akiva". He worked as a teacher in the Caucasus. >from there he went to =
Minsk and joined the papers (cannot translate) and "The Star".
In 1921 he returned to Lithuania and wrote for both local and American =
Jewish newspapers. A collection of his poems were published in Kovno in =
1923..In 1925 he emigrated to Argentina and in 1925 settled back in =
Russia.

Andy
I am still searching for two daughters he left behind in Buenos Aires =
but I am in touch with the daughter of his second marriage who lives in =
Ashdod. As you may imagine my collection of his letters fills in gaps in =
the above articles.

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<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS">The Poet Tzvi Bloshtein</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D1>Do not disregard the poor, =
from them=20
emanated the Torah</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>This saying comes to mind =
when I recall=20
my Keidan friend Tzvi Bloshtein.I first met him when I was 15.He was =
older than=20
me by about 2 years.>from bits of information that I have come across I =
know that=20
his father died when he was a young boy. His mother was a baker of bread =
and=20
they struggled.I think he only studied in religion classes. He never =
attended=20
any other school. I do know that the son of the Keidan Rabbi taught him =
Talmud=20
and his relative Dovid Yitzchak Bloshtein taught him Hebrew and bible. =
My cousin=20
who was the same age taught him arithmetic, and someone else-the basics =
of the=20
Russian language.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>He was a talented boy and he =
applied=20
himself to reading, learning and development, and by the age of 18 had =
mastered=20
the Russian language and in mathematics he had attained a high level in=20
algebra.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>I recall that at the age of =
17 he had=20
translated for the&nbsp; first time a poem >from Yiddish to Russian which =
was=20
passed >from hand to hand in the town and everyone marvelled at the metre =
and=20
beauty of the translation.>from then he started to write poetry and =
stories in=20
Yiddish that were published in newspapers before the first world=20
war.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>We met and went on trips many =
times. In=20
1914 he went to live in the nearby town of Yanova and worked as a =
private=20
teacher.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>During the war he moved =
around Russia and=20
continued his writing. In 1919 he returned to Lithuania and was an =
editor on a=20
Jewish weekly( I forget its name). He published several books amongst =
them a=20
Romance. He eventually emigrated to South America and finally settled =
back in=20
Soviet Russia-Czernowitz. In the latter years I read some of his stories =
in=20
&quot;Soviet Homeland&quot;. The theme-lyrical,life of the labourers =
before the=20
first war, a description of the popular-idealistic =
revolutionaries.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>Although now he is to be =
found on the=20
other side of the historical structural revival of his people I still =
endorse=20
him as a prolific poet and author, a son of Keidan.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D2>By Pesach =
Weizer-Chittin</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D2>Page 213</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D3>Bloshtein, =
Hirsch</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS" size=3D1>(Born 1895)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS">Poet Idealist.He was born in Keidan to =
a poor=20
tailor.At the age of 12 he lost his father. He worked with backward =
children in=20
order to help his mother with his earnings.In 1912 he started to publish =
poetry.=20
During the war he was exiled to the Ukraine with other Jews of the=20
town.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS">He published stories in &quot;Our =
Life&quot; in=20
Odessa. He translated comedies for the theatre &quot;Our Lot&quot;. He =
put=20
together a book of poems called &quot;Rabbi Akiva&quot;. He worked as a =
teacher=20
in the Caucasus. >from there he went to Minsk and joined the papers =
(<EM>cannot=20
translate<STRONG>) </STRONG></EM>and &quot;The Star&quot;.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS">In 1921 he returned to Lithuania and =
wrote for=20
both local and American Jewish newspapers. A collection of his poems =
were=20
published in Kovno in 1923..In 1925 he emigrated to Argentina and in =
1925=20
settled back in Russia.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 face=3D"Century Gothic" =
size=3D2>Andy</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 face=3D"Century Gothic" size=3D2>I am still =
searching for=20
two daughters he left behind in Buenos Aires but I am in touch with the =
daughter=20
of his second marriage who lives in Ashdod. As you may imagine my =
collection of=20
his letters fills in gaps in the above =
articles.</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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