Thursday 28 August 2014


BENYAMIN AKSLER (March 15, 1887-June 26, 1955)
Born in Tshashnik, near Vitebsk, Byelorussia.  He studied in religious elementary school, and thereafter in a secular Vitebsk secondary school until level six.  In 1903 he emigrated to the United States.  He began in 1908 to publish articles and correspondences in Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor) on social and political topics and concerning issues of workingmen’s lives.  For a time he published articles, feature pieces, and translations in Forverts (Forward), and in Arbayter fraynd (Friend of labor) in London.  In 1907 he edited thirteen issues of an anarchist newspaper, Broyt un frayhayt (Bread and freedom), in Philadelphia.  Over the course of many years, he served as secretary of the Jewish Anarchist Federation in America.  He was a member of the managing committee of Fraye arbeter shtime.  He used the pseudonym: “Nihilist.”

Sources: Yoysef Kahan, Di yidish-anarkhistishe bavegung in amerike (The Jewish anarchist movement in America) (Philadelphia, 1945), pp. 430, 453, 454; obituary in Fraye arbeter shtime.

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