ARN PATKIN (October 27, 1883-November 16, 1950)
He was born in Tatarsk, Molev Province, Russia. He studied at Warsaw University. For engaging in revolutionary activities, he was sentenced by the Tsarist authorities to eight months in prison, which he spent in the Warsaw Citadel. He went on to graduate from the law faculty of Moscow University and practiced as a lawyer in Moscow. He participated in Jewish community activities. He left Russia in 1920 and settled in Berlin where he remained until 1927. He immigrated thereafter to Australia and became a resident of Melbourne. He was active in the Zionist movement, the founder and editor of the monthly The Zionist (1943-1950). He also published books in English and articles on legal matters in English and Russian. In Yiddish he wrote articles on community issues in the local Australian press and in: Oystralish-yidisher almanakh (Australian Jewish almanac) (Melbourne, 1937); Tsveyter oystralish-yidisher almanakh (Second Australian Jewish almanac) (Melbourne, 1942); and Tsushteyer (Contribution) in Melbourne (1944). He died in Melbourne.
Sources: Yankev Botoshanski, in Tsukunft (New York) (April 1946); obituary notice in Unzer gedank (Melbourne) (December 1950); Herts Bergner, in Pinkes (New York) (1965), p. 286.
Elye (Elias) Shulman