Monday 25 July 2016


YOYSEF-YEHUDE ZAKHARYASH (December 5, 1884-December 27, 1968)
            He was born in Bialystok to a father who was a weaver.  While still quite young, he joined revolutionary circles, was later active in the Bialystok Bund, and later still arrested and sent into exile.  In 1922 he made his way to Mexico.  There he founded the Jewish Cultural Association in Mexico City.  In 1927 he founded the first Yiddish publishing house in Mexico and that year published Mekiskaner yidish lebn (Mexican Jewish life), edited by Y. Y. Zakharyash, M. Glikovski, and Yankev Glants.  He made his first attempt to write something in Unzer tsayt (Our time), organ of the Bund in St. Petersburg, in 1912.  He contributed to Foroys (Onward) and other local periodical publications in Mexico.  He died in Mexico City.

Sources: S. Kahan, Meksikaner refleksn (Mexican reflections) (Mexico City, 1954), p. 243; Y. Berliner, in Der veg (Mexico City) (December 5, 1954); B. Tabatshinski, in Unzer tsayt (New York) (January 1955).
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