Wednesday 13 April 2016


KHAYIM-LEYB VALDMAN (April 21, 1889-September 20, 1954)
            He was born in the town of Karlovka, near Borshchew (Borszczow), eastern Galicia, into a well-off, merchant family.  He studied in religious elementary school and in a small house of study, and he later graduated from high school and became a teacher.  In 1922 he moved to Canada, where he lived in Winnipeg until 1928 and thereafter settled in New York.  He was a teacher in the schools associated with the Workmen’s Circle and the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.  He published articles on educational issues in: Idishe prese (Jewish press) in Winnipeg.  He authored a short textbook, Idish far onfanger (Yiddish for beginners), vol. 1 (Boston, 1935), 19 pp., with “several remarks” by the author, in which he clarified his method of teaching Yiddish to beginners.  He died in Philadelphia.

Sources: Idisher kemfer (New York) (October 15, 1954); information from his wife Ana in Miami Beach, Florida.

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