Wednesday 15 June 2016


YERAKHMIEL VIRNIK (b. December 15, 1913)
            He was born in Kovel (Kovle), Volhynia.  His father was the local rabbinic judge.  He studied in religious elementary school, in a Lubavitsh yeshiva, and later graduated from the Tarbut high school in Kovel.  In 1832 he began publishing articles in the local weekly newspaper Unzer lebn (Our life).  In 1933 he moved to Warsaw, studied in the senior high school for journalism, joined Betar (Revisionist Zionist youth movement), and was for a time editor of the Hebrew publications of the Revisionist Zionist movement.  After wandering for a great deal of time, in 1941 he reached Israel.  There he contributed to the Ḥerut (Freedom) movement and to its publications.  Among his books: Dos yidishe folk amol un haynt (The Jewish people then and now) (Warsaw, 1939), 84 pp.; Der alter hashomer hatsair (The old Youth Guard) (Paris, 1948), 14 pp.  He was last living in Tel Aviv.

Source: David Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 6 (Tel Aviv, 1955), pp. 2706-7.

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