Friday 28 October 2016


MORTKHE-ANSHL TENENBLAT (b. February 25, 1888)
            He was born in Ozeran (Ozerany), Galician Podolia.  He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva.  He was later an external student in Czernowitz and Vienna.  For many years he worked as a teacher at Hebrew schools in Galicia.  From 1907 he was writing articles in Hamitspe (The watchtower) in Cracow, Hazman (The times) in Vilna, and Dr. Sh. Ayzenshtadt’s Shaḥarit (Morning) in Warsaw.  Over the years 1916-1918, he edited Lemberger togblat (Lemberg daily newspaper), in which he wrote largely under the pen name: Mt’t.  For his articles in the newspaper against the Lemberg pogrom, he was interned in November 1918 by Polish military staff in Baranov (Baranów), near the Vistula.  He visited Ukraine in 1919 and wrote about Petliura’s pogroms.  In the 1930s he lived in Vienna, where he represented the “Jewish correspondence bureau” and worked for the Yiddish and German Jewish press.  From 1935 he was living in Israel where he was a contributor to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.  He also wrote for: Haynt (Today) in Warsaw; Forverts (Forward) and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York; and other serials.  He edited the volume: Sefer oziran vehaseviva (Volume on Ozeran and environs) (Jerusalem, 1959), 498 pp.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of the yishuv), vol. 1 (Tel Aviv, 1947), pp. 44-45; Gershon Bader, Medina veḥakhameha (The state and its sages) (New York, 1934), see index; Dr. Y. Tenenboym, Galitsye mayn alte heym (Galicia, my old home) (Buenos Aires, 1952), see index; N. M. Gelber, Toldot hatenua hatsiyonit begalitsiya (History of the Zionist movement in Galicia) (Jerusalem, 1958), see index; M. Ungerfeld, in Hatsofe (Tel Aviv) (April 29, 1960); Dr. Shloyme Bikl, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (August 7, 1960); Y. Shmulevitsh, in Forverts (New York) (August 7, 1960).

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