TENENBAUM, JOSHUA (Shia; 1910–1989), Yiddish writer. Born near Lublin, Tenenbaum trained as a typesetter and immigrated to Belgium, where he published his first poem, "Mayn Gelibte" ("My Beloved") in 1926). In 1932 he co-edited the journal Yung Belgye. From 1934 he lived in the U.S. Tenenbaum wrote widely and in almost every prose genre but is perhaps most admired for his memoirs (in Yizker Bukh Koriv, "Koriv Memorial Book," 1955, and Der Emes Zol Zayn Dayn Shtern, "May the Truth Be Your Star," 1960) and his impressionistic sketches such as those comprising In Gots Geshtalt ("In God's Image," 1951).
LNYL, 4 (1961), 98–9. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: S. Liptzin, A History of Yiddish Literature (1985), 459–60; B. Kohen (ed.), Leksikon fun Yidish-Shraybers (1986), 284.
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Lily O. Kahn (2nd ed.)]
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