Monday, 6 February 2017


            He was born in Vilna.  In 1907 he graduated from the Jewish teachers’ institute in Vilna and until WWI worked in a variety of Russian Jewish public schools in Lithuania and Poland.  After the war (until 1925), he was a teacher in the Vilna Jewish senior high school, and thereafter (until 1939) he was director of the Medem School in Lodz.  He spent the years 1940-1946 in Russia, and thereafter he returned to Poland to administer the Jewish school curriculum with the central committee of Jews in Poland.  He went on to work with the educational ministry in Poland.  He began publishing articles on Jewish educational issues in: Vilner tog (Vilna day) and in Shul pinkes (School records) in Vilna (1924); Di naye shul (The new school) and Shul-vegn (School ways) in Warsaw.  He also contributed (until 1939) to: Lodzher veker (Lodz alarm) and Inzl (Island) in Lodz; Vokhnshrift far literatur (Weekly writing for literature), Foroys (Onward), and Folkstsaytung (People’s newspaper) in Warsaw.  He was as well a regular contributor to the Bundist weekly newspaper, Myśl Socjalistyczna (Socialist thought) in Warsaw (1935-1938), in which, in addition to other items, he published chapters of his Polish-language work, Faszyzm i Rewolucja (Fascism and revolution), which came out in book form (Warsaw, 1936, 72 pp.).  From 1946 he published sporadically in Folksshtime (Voice of the people) in Warsaw.  He served as editor of the published works of the Medem School in Lodz.  He was co-editor of Yiddish school publications in postwar Poland.  He authored: Program fun dem yidish-limed (Program of the subject of Yiddish) (Warsaw, 1947), 24 pp.; Di tsiln fun dem yidish-limed un der yidisher lerer (The goals of the subject of Yiddish and the Yiddish teacher) (Warsaw, 1947), 16 pp.; Dertsiungs-program fun di shuln fun ts״k fun di yidn in poyln (The educational program of the school of the central committee of Jews in Poland) (Warsaw, 1948), 96 pp.  He was last living in Otwock, near Warsaw.

Source: Oral information from Kh. Sh. Kazdan in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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