Monday 29 February 2016


DOVID HARPENIS (d. Summer 1943)
            He was born in Năsăud (Naszód), Hungary [now, Romania].  Until 1924 he lived in a variety of towns in Hungary.  Until WWII he was the director of a yeshiva in Klausenburg (Cluj-Napoca).  He was the editor of: the Yiddish-language Kol makhzike hadas (Voice of the sustainers of the faith) in Cluj (1928), which from 1929 carried the subtitle: “Weekly newspaper for Orthodox concerns of the Jewish community in Transylvania”; and of the Hebrew-language Shaare dea (Gates of knowledge) in Déva (Deva) in 1928 (three issues appeared). When the Nazis occupied Klausenburg, he suffered various agonies and persecutions and ultimately died a martyr.

Source: Y. Yosef Kahan, in Areshet (Jerusalem) (1958-1959), pp. 317-18.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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