Friday 16 October 2015


YANKEV GERSHUNI (b. September 2, 1902)
            He was born in Grodno, western Russia.  He received a Jewish and a secular education.  In 1935 he earned the title of doctor of economic science from Zurich University.  He then moved to Paris.  He was a leader in the Zionist movement.  During WWII he served as a volunteer in the French Army and was captured by the Germans.  After the war he returned to Paris.  He supervised, 1949-1950, the emigration of Moroccan Jews to the state of Israel.  He was a member of the guiding agencies in the Zionist Federation of France and in the Federation of Jewish Societies.  Between 1929 and 1947, he served as the Parisian correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German), later turning to write in Yiddish, and in 1947 he became editor of the newspaper Unzer vort (Our word) in Paris, in which he published articles on Jewish and general issues.  Over the years 1950-1952, he edited the French weekly newspaper, La parole (The word).  He authored the book Nachkriegsprobleme des Judentum (Postwar problems of Judaism), in German.  In 1955 he visited the United States.

Sources: S. Regensberg, in Forverts (New York) (June 7, 1955); Who’s Who in World Jewry (New York, 1955).

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