Tuesday, 3 July 2018


YOYSEF-AVROM POLIVA (January 21, 1899-March 17, 1977)
            He was born in Korets, Ukraine.  He studied in religious elementary schools and secular schools.  He graduated from a teachers’ course of study in Warsaw and a technical senior high school in the land of Israel, and worked as a schoolteacher in Tarbut schools.  In 1933 he came to Israel and became assistant secretary of the Jewish Agency in Haifa.  In 1927 he moved to South Africa and worked there as a teacher in Hebrew schools.  He contributed to: Yeda am (Folklore) and Kiryat sefer (Library) in Israel; Yontef bleter (Holiday sheets) and Afrikaner yidishe tsaytung (African Jewish newspaper) in South Africa; and Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal; among other serials.  He published a book in English: A Short History of the Jewish Press and Literature of South Africa from Its Earliest Days until the Present Time (Johannesburg: Prompt Printing Co., 1964), 130 pp.  Among his pen names: Aharoni and Yatsakni.  From 1964 he was living in Israel.  He died in Pardes Katz [neighborhood in northern Bnei Brak].

Source: Y. Papyernikov, Heymishe un noente (Familiar and close) (Tel Aviv, 1958), pp. 144-45.
Yankev Kahan

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