Tuesday 11 October 2016


KHAYIM TURNER (1899-December 27, 1953)
            He was born in Lodz, Poland.  He was one of the founders of the Labor Zionist youth organization Yugend (Youth).  He worked, 1920-1933, in a publishing house in Berlin, while at the same time being active in the local Labor Zionist movement.  In 1933 he left for France and in 1935 for the land of Israel.  In 1944 he was elected onto the municipal management committee of Givat Ram, and in 1949 he served on the municipal council of Givatayim as chairman of Mapam (United Workers’ Party).  He began publishing articles in Yugend-fon (Youth banner) in Warsaw in 1928, and from that point he contributed to: Arbayter tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) in Warsaw; and Nay-velt (New world) and Bleter (Pages) in Tel Aviv (he was co-editor of the Leyb Malekh issue of the least of these serials in 1936).  He co-edited with Yankev Shargel the anthology Di brik (The bridge) (Tel Aviv, 1944), 36 pp.  In book form: Der klasn-kamf fun di yidishe arbeter in daytshland (The class struggle of Jewish workers in Germany) (Berlin, 1930), 16 pp.  He translated into German: B. Borokhov, Der klasn-kamf un di natsyonale frage (The class struggle and the national question) (Berlin, 1931).  He also published under the pen name: Y. Makabi.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: A. V. Yasni, in Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (December 28, 1953); Daniel Leybl, in Nay-velt (Tel Aviv) (December 24, 1954); Unzer veg (New York) (February 1, 1954); Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Fun noentn over (New York) 3 (1957).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 280.]

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