Friday 29 January 2016


TUVYE (TEOFIL) GROL (January 7, 1915-July 1, 1999)
            He was born in Warsaw.  In 1938 he completed his studies in logic and psychology at Warsaw University.  In 1956 he received his doctoral degree in history and philosophy.  Over the years 1948-1968 he was professor at various colleges in Poland.  He survived WWII in the ghettos of Kovno, Brisk, and Visoko-Litovsk and he joined the resistance movement for a time as well.  He published a series of historical works in: Folks-shtime (Voice of the people) and Yidishe shriftn (Yiddish writings) in Warsaw; Naye prese (New press) in Paris; Morgn frayhayt (Morning freedom) in New York; and Vokhnblat (Weekly newspaper) in Toronto.  In book form: Fun yoysef flavyus biz emanuel ringelblum, eseyen fun yidisher geshikhte un geshikhte-shrayber (From Josephus Flavius to Emanuel Ringelblum, essays on Jewish history and historians) (Paris, 1975), xv, 503 pp.; Geshtaltn un perzenlekhkeytn in der yidisher un velt-geshikhte (Images and personalities in Jewish and world history) (Paris, 1976), xii, 537 pp.  He also published a book in French: Grands moments de l’histoire juive: de la Bible à la naissance de l’État d’Israël (Paris, 1980), 322 pp.  And, he wrote lengthy historical works in Polish.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 170-71.

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