T. was born in 1879 in
Odessa, Ukraine, into a family of intelligentsia. He
received a good Jewish education and completed a course
of general studies. He continued onto the Jewish
National Movement as an ekhd-hemist, T., thanks to
his speaking ability, became very popular early on. He also
was a delegate to one of the first union congresses.
During the first Russian
revolution he was allowed into the "Bund," and he acted
in an important role among the student youth in the
foreign colonies. After the October days of 1905, T. was
arrested. He fled in 1907, together with his wife, to
Berlin and from there he went to America. He went over
to anarchy, later to individualism, grouping around the
circle of the then young poets Moshe Varshe, Zishe
Landau, Moishe Nadir and later also H. Leivick.
After the March Revolution
(1917), he went away to Russia, where he lived mostly in
Saratov, studying German in that university. In 1920 he
was brought to Vilna and Warsaw, where he held
presentations and lived to give lectures in the English
language. In 1922 he traveled back to the Soviet Union,
where in Leningrad he graduated from the university as a jurist and
settled in Vieliki Ustog, Archangelesk Gubernia, as a
researcher for a magistrate.
T. translated Henryk Ibsen's
"Der kleyner elf" (publisher Max Meyzel, New York), and
together with Moshe Varshe translated Anton Chekov's
plays "The Water Bird," "Uncle Vanya", and "The Cherry
Orchard" (publisher Max Meyzel, New York, 1911.) All
three Chekov plays in 1923 were [under the direction of
Zalmen Reyzen] also published by Vilna publisher B. A.
Kletskin, under the title "Di meyv", "Der karshn-gortn"
and "Feter Vanya".
T. also translated George
Brandes' "Henryk Ibsen" (publisher Max G. Meyzel, New
York, 1918) [p. 168].
M. E. from Zalmen Reyzen.