TSVI-HIRSH MATS (1899-June 21, 1941)
He was born in Vilna, the son of the well-known publisher Yude-Leyb Mats and brother of Aleksander Mats. He was a prominent community leader and one of the founders of Vilna’s TOZ (Towarzystwo Ochrony Zdrowia [Society for the protection of health]), and he assisted the Brijus Sanatorium for Tuberculosis in Otvosk (Otwock). He was active as well in the Vilna Yiddish Theater Association. After the death of Dr. Cemach Szabad, he became editor of Folks-gezunt (People’s health) and Zay gezunt (Be well) in Vilna. In book form: Kurerter un turistik in poyln (Health resorts and tourism in Poland) (Warsaw: TOZ, 1935), 336 pp.; Dr. tsemekh shabad, der visnshaftler un publitsist (Dr. Cemach Szabad, the scientist and publicist) (Warsaw, May 1937), 80 pp. In the initial days of the Nazi occupation of Vilna, he was denounced as a Communist and shot.
Sources: Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (August 2, 1935); A. Mark, in Literarishe bleter (July 23, 1937); Sh. Katsherginski, Khurbn vilne (The Holocaust in Vilna) (New York, 1947), p. 181.