Friday 10 June 2016


ZEV VINER (1896-1942)
            He was born in Lodz, Poland.  He studied in religious elementary school, later graduating from a high school.  From his youth he was active in the Tseire Tsiyon (Young Zionist) movement.  He was cofounder of “Bet am” (Home of the people) in Lodz, the city in which he lived until WWII.  He served as secretary of the Hitaḥdut (“union” of young Zionists) Party; and he was active in Tarbut, “Shul-kult” (School and culture) schools, and Haḥaluts (The pioneer) movements.  He ran the courses on Jewish history and Hebrew language for the Zionist Organization.  He published poems and articles in Lodzer tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper) and Folksblat (People’s newspaper) in Lodz, as well as correspondence pieces in Bafrayung (Liberation) in Warsaw (1918-1922) and Folk un land (People and nation) in Lodz-Warsaw, among others.  He was a member of the editorial board for the publishing house of “Vays-bloy” (White-blue) in Lodz, which published books on the history of Zionism.  He was confined in the Lodz ghetto, later sent to a concentration camp in Germany, and there murdered by the Nazis.

Sources: M. D. R., in Lodsher yizker-bukh (Lodz remembrance volume) (New York, 1943), pp. 161-62; Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957), p. 259.

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