Thursday 11 August 2016


BINYUMIN ZIV (May 18, 1879-December 12, 1948)
            He was born in Shaty (Shat), Kovno district, Lithuania.  He attended religious primary school and the Telz Yeshiva, and later he studied philosophy and economics at the Universities of Berlin, Paris, and Königsberg, and received his doctor of philosophy degree.  He lived afterward in St. Petersburg.  During the Bolshevik uprising (1917-1918), he was sentenced to death and thus ran off to Latvia where he was professor at Riga University and a leader in various Jewish associations.  In 1934 he moved to Israel.  He was a contributor to: Frimorgn (Morning) in Riga; Vilner tog (Vilna day); Haboker (This morning) and Haarets (The land) in Tel Aviv; and various newspapers in Russian, German, and other languages.  He contributed to the remembrance volume Yahadut latviya (Judaism in Latvia) (Tel Aviv, 1953).  He authored books on economic problems in Hebrew, Russian, and German.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Zalmen reyzen-arkhiv (Zalmen Reyzen archive) (New York, YIVO); Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; M. Gerts, 25 yor yidishe prese in letland (25 years of the Yiddish press in Latvia) (Riga, 1933); D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 5 (Tel Aviv, 1952), p. 2216; Dr. Y. Helman, Y. Mahar, and M. M. Bobe, in Yahadut latviya (Judaism in Latvia) (Tel Aviv, 1953), see index.

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