MOYSHE MATIS (1868-1942)
He was born in Kovno, Lithuania. He received a Jewish and general education in religious elementary school and in secular high school. He studied chemistry and natural science in universities in Moscow, Berne, and Berlin. In 1904, after receiving his doctoral degree, he opened a laboratory in Kovno, which he ran until WWII. He was a cofounder of Jewish educational and cultural institutions in Lithuania. He published articles on Jewish cultural issues in Der fraynd (The friend) in St. Petersburg and Warsaw (1903-1912). He later contributed to Folksblat (People’s newspaper) in Kovno, in which he published memoirs of the Russian Revolution, as well as articles on medical issues. He died under Nazi rule during WWII.
Sources: Dr. M. Sudarski, in Litvisher id (New York) 5-6 (March 1945), pp. 7-9; M. Mandelman, in Lite (Lithuania), anthology, vol. 1 (New York, 1951), pp. 1354-55.
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