Altauzen, Yakov (Dzhek) Moyseyevich

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ALTAUZEN, YAKOV (Dzhek) MOYSEYEVICH (1907–1942), Russian poet. The son of a Siberian gold prospector, Altauzen ran away from home at the age of 11 and wandered through China and the Soviet Far East. His works include Yakutyonok Oleska (1927), children's verse; and Bezusy entuziast ("A Juvenile Enthusiast," 1929) and Pervoye pokoleniye ("First Generation," 1933), poems about young Communists in the industrialization drive. He died in action against the Nazis.