Thursday 24 November 2016


MORTKHE YATKUNSKI (1895-June 25, 1941)
            He was born in Slobodka, near Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania.  He was a member of the Jewish national assembly in Lithuania (1923) and in charge of the Jewish National Fund in Kovno.  In 1919 he was a member of the editorial collective of Di idishe shtime (The Jewish voice) in Kovno, and until 1934 he served as an internal contributor to the newspaper.  Over the years 1934-1940, he contributed as well to Dos vort (The word) in Kovno.  He was killed during the German pogrom of Slobodka Jews.

Sources: Y. Mark, in Zamlbukh lekoved dem tsveyhundert un fuftsikstn yoyvl fun der yidisher prese, 1686-1936 (Anthology in honor of the 250th jubilee of the Yiddish press, 1686-1936), ed. Dr. Y. Shatski (New York, 1937), p. 252; Yoysef Gar, Umkum fun der yidisher kovne (Destruction of Jewish Kovno) (Munich, 1948), p. 37; R. Froym Oshri (Ephraim Oshri), in Khurbn lite (The Holocaust in Lithuania) (New York-Montreal: Bukh-komitet, 1951), p. 254.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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