BER PORETSKI (b. 1888)
He was in Lodz, Poland. He studied economics, history, and law in Warsaw. He was among the first Yiddish journalists in Lodz. He wrote for: Lodzer nakhrikhten (Lodz reports) (1906), Lodzer tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper) (1907-1912, 1915-1925), and was a member of the editorial board of Lodzer morgenblat (Lodz morning newspaper) (1913-1914). In the last of these, he published every Friday a chapter of his work, Geshikhte fun yidn in lodz (History of Jews in Lodz). In addition, he placed work in: Folksblat (People’s newspaper), Nayer folks-blat (New people’s newspaper), Der yudisher zhurnalist (The Jewish journalist), and Fraytik (Friday)—in Lodz. He was the Lodz correspondent for Warsaw’s Di naye velt (The new world). In 1926 he left Poland, and he lived in Berlin, Geneva, and Paris. He was a correspondent on the League of Nations and the Schwartzbard trial to Yiddish, Polish, German, and English newspapers. Since WWII there has been no further information about him.
Sources: Zalmen reyzen-arkhiv (Zalmen Reyzen archive) (New York, YIVO); Avrom-Volf Yasni, Geshikhte fun der yidisher arbeter-bavegung in lodzh (History of the Jewish labor movement in Lodz) (Lodz, 1937); Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks