Monday 13 April 2015


BOREKH BRANDT (1860-April 26, 1907)
He was born in Makhovyk, near Berdichev.  He studied in religious primary school.  He graduated in law in Kiev and studied economic science in Berlin.  In 1897 he was an official in the Russian finance ministry.  From 1904 he was a member of the “Committee of Scholars” in the same ministry.  He first published in 1874, a poem in Hashaḥar (The morning).  During his student years he was close to the early Zionist movement.  He published articles in Hamelits (The advocate) and in the Russian-Jewish and Russian press.  Through the “Bnei Moshe” group, he published a pamphlet entitled Ḥanuka (Chanukah).  He also published in Sholem-Aleykhem’s Yudishe folks-biblyotek (Jewish people’s library) an article entitled “Tsaytn baytn zikh” (Times are changing), a number of articles also in Fraynd (Friend) in St. Petersburg, and in Russian periodicals tracts on financial matters.  He died in Berlin.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.

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