Thursday 8 December 2016


MICHAŁ JARBLUM (1870s-1922)
            He was the older brother of Mark Yarblum (Marc Jarblum).  He was born in Warsaw, studied in the yeshiva of the Sochaczew rebbe, and he later, through self-study, acquired a well-rounded knowledge of various European languages.  At the end of the nineteenth century, he settled in Lodz.  He was one of the pioneers of political Zionism in Poland.  He contributed to Polish Jewish publications: Izraelita (Israelite), Wschód (East), and Glos zydowski (Jewish voice); and for the German-language Die Welt (The world), as well as other Polish, German, and Russian periodicals in various countries.  He became quite well-known due to his polemic on the Jewish question with Aleksander Świętochowski and Ludwik Krzywicki.  In the last years of his life, he wrote for Lodzer tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper), in which he published articles on general political and Zionist issues.  He took part as a delegate to several Zionist congresses.  He was one of the leaders of the Zionist fraction in the Lodz city council until the end of his life.  He died in Lodz.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; written information from his brother, Marc Jarblum in Paris.
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