Tuesday, 12 June 2018


YISROEL ELENTSVAYG (b. December 24, 1909)
            He was born in Warsaw, Poland.  He studied in both a Jewish and a Polish school.  For a number of years he was the librarian in the “Visn” Library in Warsaw.  Over the years 1940-1945, he lived in Soviet Russia.  He spent 1946-1948 in Germany, initially in a displaced persons camp in Pocking, later in Landsberg.  Together with Moyshe Lenski, he edited the Landsberger yidishe tsaytung (Landsberg Jewish newspaper), in which he published feature pieces and articles on issues of concern to Holocaust survivors, Yiddish theater, literature, and the land of Israel.  He also published camp correspondence pieces in Munich’s Undzer veg (Our way).  From 1949 he was in the United States.  He was living in Atlanta, Geogia, where for a time he was a teacher in the Workmen’s Circle school.

Sources: F. Fridman, in Di tsukunft (New York) (February 1949); Shmerke Katsherginski, Shmerke katsherginski-ondenk-bukh (Memory volume for Shmerke Katsherginski) (Buenos Aires, 1955); Y. Gar, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957).
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