MOSHE-ELIEZER BEN-ANAT (October 15, 1902-July 7, 1953)
The adopted name of Moyshe Breynhelder, he was born in Brisk (Brześć), Lithuania. His father, Yehude, came from a scholar-businessman family. His mother, Tsipora, was the daughter of the Brisk rabbi, R. Naftali Goldfarb. He attended religious elementary school, as well as a “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school), a public high school, and for two years he studied law at Warsaw University. He was a supporter of Poale-Tsiyon, one of the founders of Hachalutz (Pioneer) movement, and a member of the Warsaw Student Association. He was a regular contributor to Polyeser shtime (Voice of Polese) in Brisk. He wrote for such Zionist socialist organs as Bafrayung (Liberation), Arbeter-vort (Workers’ word), and Yidishe yugnt (Jewish youth). He made aliya to Israel in 1925. He was active in a variety of organizations involving the labor movement in Palestine, and he contributed the Hebrew press. He died in Tel Aviv.
Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971).