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Naum Oislender, Soviet Yiddish Writer and Critic, Dies in Moscow

Naum Y. Oislendes, a Russian Yiddish writer and critic, died Friday at the age of 68, according to a report received here today from Moscow. The official Soviet obituaries identified him as “one of the founders” of Soviet Yiddish literature.

He was a member of the editorial board of the Yiddish-language literary review, Sovietish Heimland, the only Yiddish periodical with a national circulation in the Soviet Union. He started his career as a medical student at Kiev University and was a medical officer in the Red Army from 1919 to 1920.

He began writing in 1917 and published numerous monographs and research articles on such Yiddish writers as Sholem Aleichem, I. L. Peretz and Mendele Mocher Soferim. He was a native of Khodorkov in the Ukraine.