Wednesday, 7 November 2018


KHAYIM FINKELSHTEYN (August 11, 1899-March 1, 2001)
            He was born in Warsaw, Poland.  He received both a Jewish and a general education.  He studied at the journalists’ senior high school (Wszechnica).  He was a Zionist and a community leader.  He later came to the United States.  In New York he was secretary of the World Federation of General Zionists and an official in the central leadership of Jewish World Congress.  His journalistic activities began in Dos yudishe folk (The Jewish people) in Warsaw (1919).  From that point until 1939, he worked as an internal contributor to Haynt (Today)—he held positions from reporter to co-editor.  He also contributed to: Hatsfira (The siren) and Kiem (Existence), and to the Polish Jewish press as well.  For many years he served as the Warsaw correspondent for: Di tsayt (The times) in Vilna, Dos naye lebn (The new life) in Bialystok, Grodner haynt (Grodno today), and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York, among others.  In 1937 he published serially in Haynt a long work entitled “Vegn der poyperizatsye fun di poylishe yidn” (On the pauperization of Polish Jewry) and a long essay entitled “Haynt” in Fun noentn over (From the recent past) (New York) 2 (1956).  In book form: Erets-yisroel in arbet un kamf (The land of Israel in work and struggle) (Warsaw, 1939), 163 pp.; Haynt, a tsaytung bay yidn, 1908-1939 (Haynt [Today], a newspaper for Jews, 1908-1939) (Tel Aviv, 1978), 471 pp.  He also published under the name Kh. Fink.  He died in New York

Sources: R. Feldshuh, Yidisher gezelshaftlekher leksikon (Jewish communal handbook) (Warsaw, 1939), p. 837; N. Y. Gotlib, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (March 20, 1940); Y. Gar and F. Fridman, Biblyografye fun yidishe bikher vegn khurbn un gvure (Bibliography of Yiddish books concerning the Holocaust and heroism) (New York, 1962), see index.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 442.]

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