Sunday 1 June 2014


SHIMEN-ZEV AYZNBERG (S. EISENBERG) (October 20, 1886-June 23, 1950)

He hailed from Girtegole (Girkalnis), a small town in Lithuania.  In 1915 during WWI, he with other Lithuanian Jews was sent to Russia from Lithuania.  He later made his way to South Africa.  He settled in the town of Klerksdorp in the Transvaal, where he served as reverend and ritual slaughterer.  In 1935 he wrote the book Milkhome-shtoyb, zikhroynes fun a litvishn polet, 1915-1917 (Dust of war, memoirs of a Lithuanian refugee, 1915-1917), brought out by the Romm publishing house in Vilna, 213 pp.  He left in manuscript: Vegn der rusisher revolutsye vi oykh dem lebn in sovet-rusland (On the Russian Revolution as well as life in Soviet Russia.  He died in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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