AVROM-SHIYE-HESHL YUSTMAN (b. April 29, 1914)
The son of the writer B. Yushzohn, he was born in Warsaw, Poland. He studied in a Tachkemoni school, later graduating from Krinski’s Polish-Jewish High School in Warsaw. In 1934 he was studying at the Hebrew University and the Lawyers’ School in Jerusalem. From 1935 he took part in the work of the political division of the Jewish Agency and lived for a time in London. Over the years 1942-1946, he served in the Jewish Brigade of the British army in Israel and Egypt. In 1947 he moved to the United States as a special correspondent for Haarets (The land) in Tel Aviv, and until 1956 was press chief for the Israel delegation at the United Nations. He began his literary work with articles and stories in Moment (Moment) in Warsaw in 1931, and from 1932 was a contributor to Haynt (Today) in Warsaw. He also published stories in Baderekh (On the road) in Warsaw, Hadoar (The mail) in New York, and Di tsayt (The times) in London. He edited the biweekly, English-language publications: Haganah Speaks and Israel Speaks in New York. He was the American correspondent and a co-editor of Maariv (Evening) in Tel Aviv. The main pen name he used was H. Yustman.
Sources: Sh. Samet, in Sefer hashana shel haitonaim (New newspaper annual) (Tel Aviv, 1949/1950); Hadoar (New York) (March 19, 1954); Kh. Finkelshteyn, in Fun noentn over (New York) 2 (1956), p. 149; Der idisher kemfer (New York) (April 29, 1960); Who’s Who in Israel (Tel Aviv, 1958), p. 164.
Khayim Leyb Fuks
[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 302.]