HILLEL LURYE (b. August 18, 1890)
He was born in Ponevezh (Panevėžys), Lithuania. He studied in religious elementary school, yeshiva, and with self-education for secular subject matter. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he made his way to South Africa, contributed there to Di yudishe fon (The Jewish banner) in Johannesburg (1909). He subsequently published (under the pen names Y. Amikum and A. Shrayber, also) in: Di yudishe fon and Der afrikaner (The African) in Johannesburg; Folks-advokat (People advocate), Di varhayt (The truth), and Yudishe gazeten (Jewish gazette) in New York; Der fraynd (The friend) in Warsaw); and Idisher ekspres (Jewish express) in Lemberg; among others. He also edited the weekly newspaper Der shtrom (The current), which appeared for a short time in Johannesburg.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; L. Feldman, Yidn in yohanesburg (Jews in Johannesburg) (Johannesburg, 1956), in the section entitled “Prese” (Press).