Monday 6 March 2017


ALEKSANDER LIBO (August 30, 1890-May 20, 1970)
            He was born in Vilna.  In 1913 he received his medical from the University of Yuryev (Dorpat [Estonia]).  Over the years 1918-1945, he was a doctor in Vilna and chairman of the Jewish doctors’ association.  He was politically active in the Folks-partey (People’s party).  He survived the Vilna ghetto.  He was chairman (1945-1958) of the Vilna compatriot association in Poland, and chair (1955-1958) of the association of Jewish communities in Poland.  In 1958 he made aliya to the state of Israel.  He published children’s items and translations of Chekhov’s works in Olam katan (Small world) and Haḥaim vehateva (Life and nature).  He also wrote popular articles on medical topics for Folks-gezunt (People’s health) in Vilna.  He lived and practiced medicine in Tel Aviv until his death there.  He was chairman of the Association of Former Vilna Residents.

Sources: E. Y. Goldshmidt, in Vilne (Vilna), anthology, edited by Y. Yeshurin (New York, 1935), pp. 429-30; L. Karliski, Ondenk-oysgabe tsum dritn yortog (Commemorative volume for the third anniversary) (Tel Aviv, 1972), 75 pp.
Yankev Kahan

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 328.]

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