Sunday 18 December 2016


ZEV YUNIS (1902-May 12, 1965)
            He changed his name to this from Volf Yunish.  He was born in Mlave (Mława), Poland.  He studied in a Polish high school and went on to study medicine at the Universities of Warsaw, London, and Prague.  He was active in the circles of “Hashomer Hatsair” (The young guard).  He was living in Israel from 1929, where he practiced pediatric medicine.  He was co-editor of Dos mlaver lebn (The Mlave life) (1927-1929), in which he published political articles as well as historical treatises on the Mlave Jewish community.  He also contributed to Haynt (Today) in Warsaw, Unzer vort (Our word) in Paris, and in the Israeli press.  He wrote as well for medical periodicals in Hebrew and other languages.  He served on the editorial board of Pinkes mlave (Records of Mlave) (New York, 1950), for which he composed the monograph, “Di alte heym” (The old country), pp. 27-130; in addition, with Tsvi Perla, he wrote “Mlaver verter un vertlekh” (Mlave words and sayings), pp. 370-75, and “Mlaver oysshprakh” (Mlave expressions), pp. 382-85.  He also wrote under such pen names as: V. Yunis and Z. Yonish.  In the early 1960s he was one of the main doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Tel Aviv.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; Dr. Y. Shatski, preface to Pinkes mlave (Records of Mlave) (New York, 1950), p. 10; D. Shrefi, in Pinkes mlave, p. 345; information from Khayim Yonis in New York.
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