Eliezer Steinbarg (Shtaynbarg; 18 May 1880 – 27 March 1932) was a Romanian teacher and Yiddish poetic fabulist.

He was born in Lipcani, Bessarabia and became a teacher in Bessarabia and Volhynia. In 1902 he became a Yiddish poet, but did not have his works published until after his death.[1] He taught Yiddish and Hebrew, wrote and directed children's plays and was an editor of Kultur, a Yiddish arts journal. He became a notable figure in the Yiddish culture of Romania, and his works were widely recited.[2]

His first published work Mesholim, a book of fables, didn't appear until shortly after his death, when it became a best seller.[3] Selected works of Eliezer Steinbarg can be found in the bilingual The Jewish Book of Fables (2003), translated by Curt Leviant.[2] He lies buried in the Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi. The Eliezer Steinbarg Jewish Cultural Society in Chernivtsi is named after him.[4]

References

  1. ^ Kramer, Aaron (1989). A Century of Yiddish poetry. Cornwall Books. p. 113. ISBN 0-8453-4815-9. 
  2. ^ a b Steinbarg, Eliezer (2003). The Jewish book of fables. Curt Leviant (trans.). Syracuse University Press. pp. xii–xiii. ISBN 0-8156-0718-0. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  3. ^ Zuckerman, Yitzhak; Harshav, Barbara (1993). A surplus of memory: chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. University of California Press. p. 65. ISBN 0-520-07841-1. 
  4. ^ Harding, Sue Ann (2001). "The Jews of Chernivtsi". ShtetLinks. JewishGen, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 

Further reading

  • "Eliezer Steinbarg". Der Yiddish-Vinkl, a weekly briefing on the mother tongue. Forward Association, Inc. January 3, 2003. 
  • Udel-Lambert, Miriam (Fall 2006). "The Fables of Eliezer Shteynbarg and the Modernist Relocation of Ethics". Prooftexts. Indiana University Press. 26 (3): 375–404. doi:10.2979/PFT.2006.26.3.375. JSTOR 10.