Wednesday, 7 August 2019


SHMUEL-LEYB SHVERDSHAFT (SAMUEL L. SHARP) (b. September 13, 1908)[1]
            He was a journalist, born in Plonsk, Poland.  He attended a “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school), and he went on to graduate from a Polish middle school and from the law faculty of Warsaw University.  Until mid-1939 he lived in Warsaw and in late 1940 made his way to the United States.  From 1949 he was a professor at American University in Washington, D.C.  He wrote for Polish newspapers and from 1927 was an internal contributor to Haynt (Today) and co-editor of the weekly Der velt-shpigl (The world mirror) in Warsaw.  He wrote popular science articles, mainly about movies, technology, and economic matters.  He published pamphlets on taxes and the like in, among other works: Vekslen un tsheken (promissory notes and checks) (Warsaw, 1933), 42 pp.  In America he concentrated on political science pieces and published in English on international problems, such as in: Poland: White Eagle on a Red Field (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1953), 338 pp.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Khayim Finkelshteyn, Haynt, a tsaytung bay yidn, 1908-1939 (Haynt [Today], a newspaper for Jews, 1908-1939) (Tel Aviv, 1978), pp. 195-97.
Berl Cohen

[1] According to Zalmen Reyzen, 1907.

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