Wednesday, 25 May 2016


AVROM VAYSHOF (1895-September 1941)
           He was born in Pyetrikov (Pyotrków), Poland, into a merchant family.  He studied in religious primary school, public school, and later graduated from a commercial school.  He was a cofounder of Hazemir (The nightingale), later becoming active in the Bund and in Jewish cultural life.  For many years he was a Bund councilor in the city council and for time a “Lavnik” (municipal advisor) to city hall.  He was a member of the editorial board of the Bundist weekly newspaper Pyetrikover veker (Pyotrków alarm) (1923-1939), in which he published articles on community political and cultural themes.  During Nazi rule in WWII, he took a major role in relief work and in underground activities in the ghetto.  On September 13, 1941, after the failure of an underground group that had come to Pyotrków at the call of the Bund, he was arrested by the Gestapo and together with this group sent to Auschwitz.  There he was killed.

Sources: Doyres bundistin (Generations of Bundists) (New York, 1956), p. 271 (under biography of Zalmen Tenenberg); Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957), p. 259.

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