Friday, 25 March 2016

MEYER HENISH

MEYER HENISH (July 24, 1883-February 12, 1970)
            He was born in Zablotov (Zablotow), eastern Galicia.  He studied in religious primary schools and in a synagogue study hall, later graduating from a business school.  He was a merchant, a Zionist leader, a delegate to Zionist congresses, a cofounder of the Youth Zionist Party in Galicia, and active in the Jewish cooperative movement.  Until WWI he lived in Stanislav (Stanislavov), and in 1914 he moved to Vienna where he was a cofounder of the local “Hapoel Hatsair” (Young worker) and of the Jewish journalist union.  In 1938 he made aliya to Israel.  He debuted in print in Yudishe nakhrikhtn (Jewish notices) in Czernowitz, later contributing to: Hatsfira (The times) and Hatsofe (The spectator) in Warsaw; Hamagid (The preacher) in Cracow; Togblat (Daily newspaper) in Lemberg; Hashiloa (The shiloah); and Haolam (The world).  He co-edited, together with L. Shusheys, the weekly newspaper Der yud (The Jew) in Stanislav (1911-1912); edited the Viennese Zionist Jüdische Zeitung (Jewish newspaper); and later edited the organ of the United Zionist parties, Unzer ruf (Our call).  He served as the Vienna correspondent for Haarets (The land) and Davar (Word) in Tel Aviv, and Tsayt (Times) and Tog (Day) in New York, among others.  He published under such pen names as: H. Meyer, R. Peshes, and M. H.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 3 (Tel Aviv, 1949), p. 1386; Dr. Y. Tenenboym, Galitsye, mayn alte heym (Galicia, my old home) (Buenos Aires, 1952).


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