Monday, 6 February 2017


FISHL LAZAR (1903-June 1942)
            He was born in Khelm (Chełm), Poland.  He was for a time active in “Tseire mizraḥi” (Mizrachi youth), later in the general Zionist movement.  He wrote humorous sketches in Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Chełm (1924), and from 1925 he was a contributor (and editor, 1928-1934) of Keltser shtime (Voice of Kielce), in which he published, aside from articles and feature pieces, the weekly “Oystaytshungen fun der parshe” (Explanations of the weekly Torah portion).  He contributed as well to: Lubliner tageblat (Lublin daily newspaper), Voliner vokh (Volhynia week) in Lutsk, Podlyasher lebn (Podlaska life), and Keltser-rodemer vokhnblat (Kielce-Radom weekly newspaper), among others.  At the time of the second Aktion in 1942, he was in the Chełm ghetto and was deported to Sobibor where he was killed.

Sources: H. Shishler, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (April 5, 1948); Yizker-bukh khelm (Remembrance volume for Chełm) (Johannesburg, 1954), pp. 118-20.
Khayim-Leyb Fuks

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