Friday 25 March 2016


GERSHON HENDEL (May 13, 1914-December 31, 1998)
            He was born in Ostrolenko, Bialystok region, Russian Poland.  He studied in religious elementary school, yeshiva, and in the synagogue study hall, later graduating from the Hebrew teachers’ seminary in Warsaw.  From his youth he was active in the Zionist youth movement, initially in Hashomer Hatsair (The young guard) and later in the Revisionist Party.  In 1939 he made illegal aliya to Israel where he was active in the Irgun Tsvay Leumi (National Military Organization, “Etsel” for short).  From as early as 1932 he had been involved in the Yiddish and Hebrew press.  He contributed to: Hamedina (The state), Radyo (Radio), and Hayntige nayes (Today’s news)—in Warsaw.  He was secretary of the news agency, PAD, which provided news on Jewish life in the entire world for the Jewish and the liberal Polish press.  Over the years 1941-1948, he served on the editorial board of Hamashkif (The spectator) in Tel Aviv and contributor to the illegal Ḥerut (Freedom).  After 1949 he was an editorial board member of Haboker (This morning), for which he ran a division on community reportage.  He also contributed to: Maariv (West) and Yediot aḥaronot (Latest news), among other serials, in Tel Aviv.  He published under such pseudonyms as: Hene, G. Hl., H. Gershon, G. Avi-David, and others.

Source: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971), p. 3166.

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