ZALMEN LIBMAN (SOLOMON LIEBMAN) (1888-February 7, 1960)
He was born in the town of Snyaditin (Snyadyn’?), near Petrikov (Pyotrków, Pietrykaŭ), Byelorussia. He was the son of an elementary school teacher. He studied with his father and at yeshivas. At age sixteen he received ordination into the rabbinate, but he had a break down and turned his attention to secular education. In 1907 he immigrated to the United States, took up various jobs, in 1917 became a farmer, later was a hotel owner, and at the same time was one of the advocates on behalf of the Jewish agricultural and craft centers on cooperative foundations in America. He was a close collaborator of Dr. Chaim Zhitlovsky in the well-known Hightstown Project. He published articles on Jewish colonization matters in: Tog (Day), Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), Forverts (Forward), and Der idisher farmer (The Jewish farmer)—in New York (1925-1945), as well as in English-language Jewish serials in New York and New Haven. His books would include: Idishe farmeray in amerike, ir frage un leyzung (Jewish farming in America, its issues and solutions), “a foundational treatise on the state of Jewish farming and hotel management in America, based upon facts, statistical numbers, and data, as well as a clear and practical plan of how to solve on the basis of satisfying ideals all the confused Jewish farmer problems here in this country” (New Haven, 1930), 93 pp. He died in Lebanon, Connecticut.
Sources: A. Hamer, in Frayhayt (New York) (January 2, 1935); information from his brother, Herman Libman, in New York.
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