Soviet novelist, poet, journalist, war correspondent. He was born in 1907 in a Jewish family of a groom and prospector, who was exiled to Siberia from the Vitebsk province. When Yakov was 11 years old, his paternal aunt, who lived in China, offered to take one of the children into her family. That's how Yakov ended up in Shanghai, then he also lived in Harbin. At a young age, the writer returned to his homeland. Althausen worked for Komsomolskaya Pravda in the late 1920s. In 1934 he became a member of the Writers' Union. When the Great Patriotic War began, he went as a war journalist to the Western Front, his reports were very popular. On May 25, 1942, Jack Althausen was crushed by a Nazi tank.