Monday 16 November 2015


            He was born in Lodz, Poland, into a Hassidic family.  His father was a well-known scholar and ritual slaughterer in the Scheibler district.  He received a Jewish education in religious primary school and in yeshiva.  He later became a stocking worker and was active in the “library for the spread of education,” in the textile union, and in the Bund.  In 1916, during the great famine under the German occupation, he was taken to Hungary to perform compulsory labor, and there he worked in an ammunition factory in Csepel.  He founded the Jewish cultural association “Morhenroyt” (Dawn) there and was active as a speaker.  In 1918 during the Bolshevik Revolution, he worked among Jewish laborers and, until the collapse of Béla Kun’s regime, he edited the weekly Tsum kamf (To the struggle) in Budapest (1918-early 1919).

Sources: Y. Nakhbin, “Di yidishe prese in ungarn” (The Yiddish press in Hungary), a file in the Kurski Archive (New York); Kh. L. Fuks, in Fun noentn over 3 (New York, 1957).

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