Sunday 22 February 2015


MOSHE-ELIEZER BEN-ANAT (October 15, 1902-July 7, 1953)
     The adopted name of Moyshe Breynhelder, he was born in Brisk (Brześć), Lithuania.  His father, Yehude, came from a scholar-businessman family.  His mother, Tsipora, was the daughter of the Brisk rabbi, R. Naftali Goldfarb.  He attended religious elementary school, as well as a “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school), a public high school, and for two years he studied law at Warsaw University.  He was a supporter of Poale-Tsiyon, one of the founders of Hachalutz (Pioneer) movement, and a member of the Warsaw Student Association.  He was a regular contributor to Polyeser shtime (Voice of Polese) in Brisk.  He wrote for such Zionist socialist organs as Bafrayung (Liberation), Arbeter-vort (Workers’ word), and Yidishe yugnt (Jewish youth).  He made aliya to Israel in 1925.  He was active in a variety of organizations involving the labor movement in Palestine, and he contributed the Hebrew press.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971).

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