Joseph Opatoshu

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Joseph Opatoshu
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Born Yosef Meir Opatowski
January 1, 1886
Mława, Congress Poland
Died October 7, 1954(1954-10-07) (aged 68)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Writer, novelist
Genre Fiction
Children David Opatoshu
Relatives Danny Opatoshu (grandson)

Joseph Opatoshu (יוסף אָפּאַטאָשו in Yiddish, Polish: Józef Opatoszu) (1886–1954) was a Polish-born Yiddish novelist and short story writer.[1]


Opatoshu was born in 1886 as Yosef Meir Opatowski[2] to Jewish parents, Dovid and Nantshe, near Mława, Congress Poland.[1]

His father, a wood merchant, came from a Hasidic family and had become a Maskil.[1] He sent Yosef to the best Polish schools in the country. At the age of 19 Yosef went to study engineering in Nancy, France. However, privation sent him to the United States in 1907, where he settled in New York City, where his name became Joseph Opatovsky, and he later took the professional name of Joseph Opatoshu.



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  1. ^ a b c Keenoy, Ray (2003). "Opatoshu, Joseph (Yoysef)." In: Sorrel Kerbel (Ed.), Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 747-749.
  2. ^ Mohrer, Fruma, and Marek Web (1998). Guide to the YIVO Archives. New York: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. p. 207.
  3. ^ "Romance of a Horsethief". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Romance of a Horsethief Details". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Romance of a Horsethief Cast". The New York Times. 

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