Wednesday 17 August 2016


YOYSEF ZILBERMAN (December 12, 1921-July 1949)
            He was born in Sokolov, Poland, into a prominent family.  He studied in a “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school), a high school, and with private tutors.  During WWII he was confined in the Shedlets ghetto, and was in Vilna on the Gentile side of the city.  In 1945 he moved to Germany and was active in Young Zionists.  In 1948 he made aliya to Israel.  He debuted in print with sketches and impressions of Jewish life in Shedletser vokhnblat (Shedlets weekly newspaper) in 1937.  After the war he was a contributor to the weekly Af der vokh (For the week) in Munich-Bamberg, and he published correspondence pieces on Jewish life in the German camps, as well as articles and sketches in Unzer vort (Our word) in Brussels, and elsewhere.  He also wrote under the pen name Yosele.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Ben-Tsien Feldshuh, Sheyres hapleyte biblyografye (Holocaust survivors’ bibliography), appendix 5 (Stuttgart, 1949), p. 1; materials from the Yiddish writers association of survivors in Germany.

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