Friday 22 May 2015


ISER GOLDBERG (January 8, 1896-January 31, 1968)
            He was born in Pruzhane (Prużana), Poland, into a Zionist family under the influence of the Jewish Enlightenment.  He graduated from a secular high school in Brisk (Brest).  Over the years 1915-1922, he was active in the “United” (Fareynikte) socialist party and secretary of the central bureau of the unaffiliated trade unions.  He joined the Bund in 1921.  He was active in the cooperative movement of Jewish workers in Warsaw.  In 1941 he emigrated to the United States.  He was one of the most energetic organizers of Yiddish book sales, and on behalf of the Algemeyne entsiklopedye (General encyclopedia), he visited with great success over thirty Jewish colonies.  He was the manager of the Tsiko (Tsentrale yidishe kultur-organizatsye [Central Yiddish Cultural Organization]) in New York.  He wrote about Jewish labor issues for Unzer veg (Our way) in Warsaw (1917), and later contributed to Folks-tsaytung (People’s newspaper), Kegn shtrom (Against the current), Der metal-arbeter (The metal worker), Der handls-ongeshtelter (The commercial employee), and Der transport-arbeter (The transportation worker) in Warsaw; and Tsayt (Times) in London.  He was living in New York until his death.

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