Monday 25 May 2015


SHIYE GOLDBERG (1883-1943)
            He was born in Shedlets (Siedlce), Poland, to well-off parents.  His father Moyshe was an early Zionist, came from Zamość, and was related to Y. L. Peretz.  He received a religious-national education.  He studied humanities, 1908-1909, at the University of Liège, Belgium.  After returning to Poland, he worked for a time as a private teacher of Hebrew and German.  His first publications were lyrical poems and translations from Russian poets.  He contributed to: Der shtral (The ray), Der fraynd (The friend), Haynt (Today), Moment (Moment), and Eyropeishe literatur (European literature) in Warsaw; Dos naye land (The new land) in Paris; Shedletser vort (Shedlets word), Shedletser viderkol (Shedlets echo), Shedletser lebn (Shedlets life), and Shedletser vokhblat (Shedlets weekly newspaper).  He served as editor of Shedletser lebn in 1911 (together with D. Neymark), Shedletser viderkol in 1913-1914 (together with Y. H. Fishman and Y. Tenenboym), and on the editorial board of Shedletser vokhblat (1922-1939).  In the last of these he also published “Zikhroynes vegn der yidisher revolutsyoner bavegung in shedlets” (Memoirs of the Jewish revolutionary movement in Shedlets) in 1905; and of the series “Fun di shedletser mayselekh” (Shedletser stories) and “Melamdim” (School teachers), which were a source of Shedlets Jewish folklore.  He wrote under the pen name Bergoldi.  He was in the Shedlets ghetto.  During the liquidation of the ghetto, he was driven out to Treblinka, and there he was killed by Nazi murderers.

Sources: A. Faynzilber, Af di khurves fun mayn heym (On the ruins of my home) (Tel Aviv, 1952); Yivo-bleter (New York) 36 (1952), pp. 361-62; Y. Kaspi, in Sefer yizkor lekehilat shedlets (Remembrance volume for the community of Shedlets) (Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires, 1956).

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