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Leo Kesner

Leo Kesner (born Kasner) (1888 - 1945), journalist, humorist, poet, translator and theater reviewer, born into a Hassidic family in Berhomet pe Seret (Berhomet), Bukovina, Ukraine (then part of Austria-Hungary). He received a Jewish traditional education, then attended a secular high school in Czernowitz and earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Vienna. 

He immigrated to USA in 1914 settling in New York. He started his journalistic career as contributor and later assistant editor of Der Groyser Kundes (“The Great Prankster”), a Yiddish language satirical weekly, working there and publishing hundreds of poems, sketches, and literary critical articles. He served as assistant editor of Yidishes tageblat (“Jewish daily newspaper”) during 1920-1228, and then he was editor of the Forverts (“Forward”) division in Philadelphia from 1929 until his death. 
He is the author of Geṭrakht un gelakht, a zamlung fun tsayt- un gelegenhayt-lider tsum leyenen, forleyenen, deklamiren, amuziren, un abisele nokhdenken (“Considered and laughed, a collection of timely and opportune poems to be read, read aloud, declaimed, amused, and little contemplated”, Philadelphia, 1939), and was editor of Medem zhurnal (“The Medem Journal”, Philadelphia, 1933) and co-editor of Fun fraynt tsu fraynt, a matone heri bergern tsu zayn 50ten geburtstog (“From friend to friend, a gift to Harry Berger on his fiftieth birthday”, Philadelphia, 1936). Kesner died in Philadelphia.

Date of birth:
1888
Date of death:
1945
ID Number:
20673594
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Leo Kesner

Leo Kesner (born Kasner) (1888 - 1945), journalist, humorist, poet, translator and theater reviewer, born into a Hassidic family in Berhomet pe Seret (Berhomet), Bukovina, Ukraine (then part of Austria-Hungary). He received a Jewish traditional education, then attended a secular high school in Czernowitz and earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Vienna. 

He immigrated to USA in 1914 settling in New York. He started his journalistic career as contributor and later assistant editor of Der Groyser Kundes (“The Great Prankster”), a Yiddish language satirical weekly, working there and publishing hundreds of poems, sketches, and literary critical articles. He served as assistant editor of Yidishes tageblat (“Jewish daily newspaper”) during 1920-1228, and then he was editor of the Forverts (“Forward”) division in Philadelphia from 1929 until his death. 
He is the author of Geṭrakht un gelakht, a zamlung fun tsayt- un gelegenhayt-lider tsum leyenen, forleyenen, deklamiren, amuziren, un abisele nokhdenken (“Considered and laughed, a collection of timely and opportune poems to be read, read aloud, declaimed, amused, and little contemplated”, Philadelphia, 1939), and was editor of Medem zhurnal (“The Medem Journal”, Philadelphia, 1933) and co-editor of Fun fraynt tsu fraynt, a matone heri bergern tsu zayn 50ten geburtstog (“From friend to friend, a gift to Harry Berger on his fiftieth birthday”, Philadelphia, 1936). Kesner died in Philadelphia.

Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People