Tuesday, 5 April 2016


SHLOYME VAGA (b. December 22, 1900)
            He was born in Częstochowa, Poland, into a well-to-do family.  In 1918 he graduated from an artisanal school in Częstochowa.  Over the years 1919-1922, he studied in a technical senior high school in Dortmund, Germany.  During WWII he was confined in the Częstochowa ghetto, and he took refuge in a bunker in September 1942, where he remained until liberation in January 1945.  He lived thereafter in Poland and was active in the Zionist movement.  From late 1948 he was in Canada.  He was the author of Khurbn tshenstokhov (The destruction of Częstochowa), which he began to write in the bunker (Buenos Aires, 1949), 231 pp.  He also published articles and memoirs in Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York, Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal, and elsewhere.

Sources: L. Brener, in Dos naye lebn (Warsaw) (February 13, 1950); Y. Varshavski, in Forverts (New York) (March 19, 1950).

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