Thursday 22 May 2014


SHIMEN IZBITSER (1902-August 22, 1937)
Born in Brisk (Brześć) in Lithuania to bourgeois parents.  He received both a Jewish and a general education.  He graduated from a secular high school.  While still very young, he joined the left Labor Zionist party.  Later he belonged to the administration of Borokhov Youth and the left Labor Zionist secretary of ORT, as well as being one of the founders of the Jewish sports movement in Brisk.  He was especially devoted to the Jewish secular school system (Tsisho Tsisho [Central Jewish School Organization]).  He was a board member from the Labor Zionists on the Brisk city council.  In 1933 he left for Palestine where he became a builder, and he was one of the fighters for the rights of the Yiddish language in Palestine.  He began publishing in Yugnt (Youth) (Warsaw, 1922).  He later contributed articles on Jewish and general issues to Arbeter-tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) (Warsaw, 1922-1937), Naye velt (New World) (Tel Aviv), and other serials.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Entsiklopedyah shel galuyot, brisk delita (Encyclopedia of the exiles: Brisk of Lithuania) (Jerusalem-Tel Aviv, 1954), pp. 313, 618.

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