Born in 1885 in Zabludow, near Bialystok, Russian
Poland. He was arrested in various cities due to his
revolutionary activities, serving in the military in
Helsingfors. He had to flee abroad, and he settled in
Antwerp, where he worked as a diamond polisher, while at
the same time being active in the Jewish cultural social
life. His literary activity began in 1911.
In 1915 he came to America,
where he published articles in various Yiddish
periodical editions and became the secretary of the
monthly journal, "Di tsukunft." K. also published
several small booklets, and the novel, "From the
Barracks and the War" (New York, 1927).
K. wrote many children's
articles, and the children's play, "The Green Youth
("Kinder Land," April 1923, separate edition; New York,
1928, 24 pp., Workmen's Circle Children's Library,
number 11), which won the first award at the competition
of a children's play for the Yiddish Workmen's Circle
School (given out by the Education Department of the
Naftali Gross writes:
"'The Green Youth,' a play about children's lives here
in the country. It is the only artistic children's
one-acter that is available to us. A green youth falls
in between American children in a public school. To some
children, he called out to be merciful with his silent
conservation. To other jests. They created jests for
him, encouraged him, wanted him to strike. However, this
was the only way to get in touch with him. His
strangeness irritated them and attracted them [to him],
that he is a happy orphan. Me tseredt zikh,
half-Jewish, half-English. The green one is found out,
that most children were Jewish children. They understand
Yiddish well. In the home they speak Yiddish with a
grandfather, with a grandmother, with the parents,
become friends, they are playing in the 'classroom.'
Everyone wants to show their knowledge. They ask him
questions, he--them. The green recalls a story by Eliahu
HaNovi. The children were curious. They became good
brothers. They saw one, that is not that green. He can
do many more things than them.
Kreplak brings in his
playing a scene of Jewish children's life in a big
American city. The entire play is dirty and filled with
K. passed away on 21
Zalmen Reisen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature," Vilna, 1929, Vol.
3, pp. 788-790.
Naftali Gross -- "Bikhlakh
far undzere kinder," Tog," N.Y., 4 July 1931.