Sunday, 19 February 2017


MOYSHE LOKETSH (b. October 21, 1911)
            He was born in Novidvor (Nowy Dwor), Warsaw district, Poland.  He received a secular Jewish education and graduated from the technical Wallenberg School in Warsaw.  He was a member of the Warsaw committee and of the speakers’ circle of the youth Bund “Tsukunft” (Future), and he chaired the youth section of the Warsaw metal association.  He received an award in a YIVO contest for autobiographies of young people in Vilna.  In 1933 he published articles in the Bundist Yugnt-veker (Youth alarm) in Warsaw.  In 1940, after the outbreak of WWII, he was arrested by the Soviet authorities in Pinsk and deported, together with his wife and child, to Siberia.  In 1942 he came with General Władysław Anders’s army to England.  In 1947 he served in the British army.  Over the years 1947-1950, he published correspondence articles in Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris, and in 1948 he was editor of Yidishe sotsyalistishe shtime (Jewish socialist voice) in London.  In 1950 he moved to the United States, and until 1960 he was active in the International Ladies’ Garments Workers’ Union (ILGWU) in New York.  From 1960 he was director of the technical division of the Dressmakers’ Joint Council of the ILGWU.  He frequently published articles on industrial issues, as well as on general economic and social questions in Tsukunft, Unzer tsayt (Our time), and Forverts (Forward) in New York.  He was living in New York.
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