Sunday 1 June 2014


GETSL AYZNER (GUSTAVE EISNER) (1887-December 3, 1939)
Born in Lodz.  Early on, he was orphaned.  He studied in religious school as well as in a private school.  He was an active socialist territorialist.  During the German occupation of WWI, he worked in the public realm in Lodz, especially in connection with the petition to create a Jewish school system.  From 1910 to 1918, he worked as a city reporter for Lodzher tageblat (Lodz daily) as well as a correspondent for Haynt (Today).  From 1920 on, he was in New York, working for a time as a reporter in the Yiddish press.  He was one of the first active builders of the American YIVO.  He was the editor of Lodzher almanakh (Lodz almanac) (New York, 1934) which was published by the Lodz branch of the Workmen’s Circle.  Among his published works: “Der lodzher rabunek 1892” (The 1892 robbery in Lodz), in Lodzher almanakh; and concerning the arrest of Y. L. Peretz, in Yivo-bleter (leaves from YIVO). vol. 5 (1933).  He bequeathed to YIVO a rich collection of materials on the history of the Jewish labor movement in Poland.

Sources: Dr. Y. Shatski, in Lodzher yisker-bukh (New York, 1943); Dr. A. Mukdoni, in Morgn-zhurnal (June 6, 1934).

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