Zoosie Weinper
The Poet and Writer
Zoosie Weinper was born in Turisk, in 1892. His father was the head Cantor in the court of Rabbi Leibenu. As a child he attended cheider in the Rabbi’s court. As a teenager he studied in the Rovno and Brest Litovsk Yeshiva. At 16, while living far from his home he began secretly studying Russian language and literature and general studies. During this period he started to write short stories. Because of his urge and aspiration to advance and develop as a writer he decided to move to the cultural heart of Yiddish literature Warsaw. To earn a living he worked for several years and became a public school teacher. In 1913 his first poem written in Yiddish and published was, “Dos Yiddishe Folk". After this his poems and stories were published in journals and periodicals.
In 1918 Z. Weinper editor of the monthly magazine, "The Beginning"(der onhoib"Yiddish) the center for the young generation of Yiddish writers and poets. The monthly was closed when Z. Weinper joined the Jewish battalion in the British army and left for Palestine. He served the army for 18 months then returned to the United States. For more than five months he published a literary periodical "By the Bonfire".
In the year 1920 a collection of his songs and poems were Published by the Bezalel publishing company in NewYork. The name of the collection,” From Our Land" was dedicated to the memory of the Jewish soldiers who served in the battalion in Eretz Yisrael between March1918 and October 1919. The book was also dedicated to his beloved mother who perished in the Holocaust. In the year 1929 Z. Weinpert went for a literary tour of Europe. Thousands of fans attended the evening events where he read his works and gave lectures.
He spent more than a month with his mother and family in Turisk his home town that he loved. Turisk is at the heart of many of his works. While staying there he was approached by both the Zionists and Yiddish lowing Bundists. He was considered by both sides as a friend and companion. Z. Weinper was a very impressive poet and lecturer. While Yiddish was his mother language and the language of his creations he was an active and devoted Zionist. He was the one to bridge between the two "fighting" sides. During forty years of creativity he commemorated th ecultural pattern and life in our shtetl Turisk, the special Yiddish, and dreams destroyed forever in the flames of the Holocaust .