ANSHL VILTSHINSKI (1900-May 1943)
He was the younger brother of Yikhezkl Viltshinski, born in Tshenstokhov (Częstochowa), Poland. He studied in religious elementary school, public school, later studying chemistry in Paris at the Sorbonne. He lived in Germany over the years 1922-1930. He was in Paris, 1930-1936, active there in the Bund and in Jewish trade unions. The founder of a theater studio for Jewish workers, he adapted and translated into Yiddish plays from Polish, German, and French. He was also the director of a children’s theater. In 1936 he returned to Częstochowa, where he served as secretary of the local porters’ union. He published articles on theater and art in: Parizer veker (Parisian alarm) and Unzer shtime (Our voice) in Paris; Tshenstokhover veker (Częstochowa alarm), Pyetrikover veker (Pyotrków alarm), and Arbeter-tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) in Częstochowa; among others. Among his pen names: A. V., A. Vil., and Tshun. He died during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in May 1943.
Sources: Tshenstokhover yidn (Częstochowa Jews) (New York, 1947); M. Libling, Tshenstokhov (New York, 1957).
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