Z. VAYSMAN (b. ca. 1875)
He was born in Byelorussia. Until the Bolshevik Revolution, he was active in Jewish community life in Byelorussia and Ukraine. From 1925 he was a teacher of higher mathematics in an “Arbfak” (Workers’ faculty) and in the Jewish Cooperative Technicum in Kiev. He also served as the bookkeeper for the publishing house of “Kultur-lige” (Culture league) in Kiev. He published articles in the Communist Yiddish press in Russia. He translated from Russian into Yiddish the following textbooks for the schoolroom: K. P. Lebedyntsev, Algebraishe oyfgabes (Algebra assignments]), part 1 (Kiev, 1925), 120 pp., second enlarged edition (Kiev, 1926), 138 pp.; Y. Polonski, Bli fun geviksn, a kapitl byologye (Plants in bloom, a chapter in biology) (Kiev, 1927), 82 pp., with 5 pp. of glossary of floral terminology in Yiddish, Russian, and Latin; Y. L. Hurvits, Onfang-yedies fun geometrye, lernbukh far der mitlshul dos finftn lernyor (Beginning information for geometry, textbook for middle school, fifth school year) (Moscow, 1933), 77 pp. plus 2 pp.; Hurvits, Sistematisher kurs fun geometrye, lernbukh far der mitlshul, ershter teyl, planimetrye, 6tn-8tn lernyor (Systematic course in geometry, textbook for middle school, part one, planimetrics, 6th-8th school years) (Moscow, 1933), 203 pp. plus 5 pp.; Hurvits, Sistematisher kurs fun geometrye, lernbukh far der mitlshul, tsveyter teyl, stereometrye, 8tn-9tn lernyor (Systematic course in geometry, textbook for middle school, part two, stereometrics, 8th-9th school years) (Moscow, 1934), 156 pp. plus 4 pp., which appeared in numerous editions until 1937; N. Rivkin, Zamlung oyfgabes af trigonometrye, far der mitlshul, 6tn-8tn lernyor (Collection of assignments for trigonometry, for middle school, 6th-8th school years) (Moscow, 1933), 140 pp.; Rivkin, Zamlung oyfgabes af trigonometrye, mit a tsugob oyfgabes af stereomeṭrye, vos fodern dem onvend fun trigonometrye, far der mitlshul, 8tn-9tn lernyor (Collection of assignments for trigonometry, with the addition of assignments in stereometrics, which necessitate the application of trigonometry, for middle school, 8th-9th school years) (Moscow, 1934), 117 pp.; Rivkin Gradlinike trigonometrye, lernbukh farn 9tn un 10tn klas fun der mitlshul (Rectilinear trigonometry, textbook for the 9th and 10th classes of middle school) (Moscow, 1934), last edition (Moscow, 1940), 106 pp. with 2 pp. of diagrams; A. Kiselyov, Algebre, lernbukh farn 6tn un 7tn klas fun der mitlshul (Algebra, textbook for the sixth and seventh classes of middle school), part 1 (Kiev-Kharkov, 1936), 143 pp.; Kiselyov, Geometrye (Geometry), edited by Professor N. A. Glagolyov (Moscow, 1935), 143 pp. plus five diagrams, last edition (1940). There has been no news of his fate since WWII.
Sources: Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO), vol. 1 (Warsaw, 1928), p. 356; N. Rubinshteyn, Dos yidishe bukh in sovetn-farband in 1934 (The Yiddish book in the Soviet Union in 1934) (Minsk, 1936), see index; information from Y. Birnboym in New York.
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