Monday 28 March 2016


BOREKH HERMANOVITSH (July 7, 1909-January 1955)
            He was known in Israel by the name Barukh Hermon.  He was born in Lublin, Poland.  He received a traditional Jewish education.  He was active in Zionist youth organizations.  During WWII he was in German concentration camps.  After liberation he lived in the Landsberg camp, Germany, where he assumed a leading position in the community life of the surviving Jews.  Between the two world wars, he wrote articles for Haynt (Today) in Warsaw.  He was thereafter a cofounder and later editor of Landsberger lager-tsaytung (Landsberg camp newspaper)—first issue dated October 1945, published in Romanized letters—which later changed its name to Yidish tsaytung (Jewish newspaper).  It switched to Jewish letters and was the second largest publication in the Holocaust survivors’ press.  In 1948 he made aliya to Israel, and there he was active as a journalist for Davar (Word), Hador (The generation), and other Hebrew newspapers; he wrote as well for Yiddish and Hebrew newspapers in other countries.  For a time he was an official in the communications ministry.  He became ill later, flew to Germany to undergo treatment in Bad Nauheim, and he died getting off the airplane at the Munich Airport.  He left behind a wife and two children in Ramat-Gan, Israel.

Source: Obituary in Davar (Tel Aviv) (January 20, 1955).

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