YISROEL SHVAYTSER (January 25, 1911-April 10, 1966)
He was a journalist and author, born in Shtshekotshin (Szczekociny), Poland. He attended religious elementary schools and yeshivas. He studied for a time in Sosnovits (Sosnowiec), and he spent WWII in Siberia. From 1948 he was living in Israel. He was active in the Zionist religious camp. He wrote sketches, stories, and reportage pieces. He edited the Sosnowiec weekly Zaglembyer shlezishe velt (Zagłębie Silesian world), the Tel Aviv weekly Naye yisroel tsaytung (New Israel newspaper) in 1961, and the remembrance volumes for Szczekociny, Sosnowiec, and Zagłębie. He also contributed to Letste nayes (Latest news) and Yisroel tsaytung (Israel news)—both in Tel Aviv. In book form: Fun eybikn kval, mimayan hanitsḥi, geklibene gedanken iber di sedres fun der vokh (From the eternal spring, selected thoughts on the weekly Torah portions) (Tel Aviv: Nay lebn, 1960), 199 pp.—only one volume appeared in print. His pen names: Yisroel Ben Avraham and Rokhlman. He died in Bet Yam, Israel.