Monday 4 August 2014


ARYE-ASHER ANKORYON (November 2, 1908-March 11, 1986)
     His true surname was Valovitski.  He was born in Kalvarye (Kalvarija), Lithuania.  He was an elementary school student in Herzliya and a high school student in Tel Aviv.  He returned home in the 1920s and continued his studies in a high school there and then at Kovno University.  Later, he was again in Palestine, where he practiced as a lawyer and thereafter became a judge on the metropolitan court of Tel Aviv.  He held important community positions in the life of the state of Israel, was a Labor Zionist, a leader of Mapai (Workers’ Party in the Land of Israel), and a member of the Knesset.  He published in Yiddish in: Di yidishe shtime (The Jewish voice), Kovne (Kovno [Kaunus]), Dos vort (The word), Der yidisher kemfer (The Jewish fighter), and Dos naye vort (The new word), among others.  In Hebrew, he published in: Davar (Word), Hapoel hatsair (Young laborer), Omer (Speech), and Bema’ale (Ascent), among others.  Among his pseudonyms: A.A., Y. N., Alef, and ??

Source: D. Tidhar, Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel), vol. 5 (Tel Aviv, 1930-1931).

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