Monday, 6 May 2019

SHLOYME RABINOVITSH


SHLOYME RABINOVITSH (1903-December 1971)
            A journalist and editor, he was born in Ushomyr, Zhitomir region, Ukraine.  He came from a working class family.  He graduated from the Moscow University for National Minorities (“Mayrevke”).  He edited Kolvirt-emes (Collective farm truth) in Crimea, later substituting for the editor of Moscow’s Emes (Truth).  At the same time, he actively contributed to organizing the press in the southern Jewish nationality districts, often spending long period of time in Stalingrad, Kalinindorf, and Nay-Zlatopol, where he helped the local journalists with their work.  During WWII he was a journalist in the army press.  After the war he stood in for the editor of the newspaper Eynikeyt (Unity).  After the liquidation of the Anti-Fascist Committee, he too was arrested in 1949 and exiled to camps in the Gulag.  He was subsequently rehabilitated (1956) and often contributed to Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) in Moscow, as well as to the Russian-language press.  There and in his correspondence pieces for the Soviet press agency Novosti, he excelled at penning sharply anti-Israel articles.  In book form: Yidn in sovetn-farband (Jews in the Soviet Union) (Moscow: Novosti, 1965), 51 pp.  He died in Moscow.
Khayim Maltinski

[Additional information from: Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 345-46.]


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