Monday, 10 December 2018

AVROM-YITSKHOK FREYDENBERG


AVROM-YITSKHOK FREYDENBERG (b. January 24, 1865)
            He was born in Nikolaev, Kherson Province, Ukraine.  He studied in religious elementary school and in the rabbinical seminary.  In 1896 he graduated from Odessa University.  He was a delegate to every Zionist congresses from 1898 to 1939.  He was cofounder of the Odessa “Bnei Tsiyon” (Children of Zion).  After the Bolshevik Revolution, he lived in Western Europe: Berlin, Paris, and elsewhere.  He began writing in Russian in Razsvet (Dawn) in St. Petersburg, later serving as editor of Tsienistisher almanakh (Zionist almanac) in Odessa (1902-1903).  In Yiddish he published articles in: Haynt (Today) and Unzer velt (Our world) in Warsaw; Gut morgn (Good morning) in Odessa); and Yidishe prese (Jewish press) in Berlin.  In book form: Zikhroynes fun a tsienistishn soldat (Memoirs of a Zionist soldier) (Brussels, 1938), 276 pp., Hebrew translation by Avraham Shlevin as
Zikhronotaṿ shel ḥayal tsiyoni (Jerusalem, 2017), 416 pp. (including additional articles translated from Russian).  Since WWII there has been no further information about him.

Source: B. Shoykhetman, in Kriyat sefer (Jerusalem) 15.
Khayim Leyb Fuks


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