David Pinski, Yiddish Dovid Pinski, Pinski also spelled Pinsky, (born April 5, 1872, Mogilyov, Russia [now Mahilyow, Bela.]--died Aug. 11, 1959, Haifa, Israel), Russian-born playwright, novelist, and editor, one of the most noteworthy Yiddish-language dramatists.Reared in Moscow, Vitebsk, and Vienna, Pinski moved as a young man to Warsaw, where he became a friend of the leading Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz. It was also in Warsaw that Pinski began his lifelong associations with the Jewish workers' movement. His first short story, "Der groyser mentshenfraynd" ("The Great Philanthropist")..
Chaim Grade, (born April 5, 1910, Vilna, Russian Empire [now Vilnius, Lithuania]--died June 26, 1982, New York, New York, U.S.), Yiddish poet, short-story writer, and novelist who was one of the last surviving secularized Yiddish writers to have been educated in a European yeshiva (rabbinical seminary). His fiction reflects an intimate knowledge of the complexities and breadth of that vanished culture and tradition.Grade traced his descent from one of Napoleon's officers, who was wounded during the Napoleonic wars and cared for by a Jewish family in Vilna; he later married into the family..