Thursday 9 March 2017


DOVID(-MEYER) LIBERZON (February 15, 1903-October 24, 1990)
            He was born in Berdichev, Ukraine.  He studied in religious elementary school until his ninth year.  He moved with his parents to the United States in 1912.  Over the years 1916-1918, he studied at the Jewish National Radical School in New York.  In 1938 he received from New York University his bachelor of science degree, and in 1940 his master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.  When he was young he began writing poetry.  He debuted in print in 1921 with a poem in Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York.  He began working for Forverts (Forward) in New York in 1919 as an office employee in the business division.  In 1921 he was secretary to B. Vladek.  From 1929 he was a member of the writing personnel for the Forverts.  He attended primarily to writing and translating the news and publishing explanatory articles in a variety of fields.  He specialized in examining the changes in American Jewish life, including mixed marriages, crime, Jewish names, scholarship winners, Nobel laureates, and Jewish demography generally.  He published conversations with leading Jewish and non-Jewish personalities, among them: Albert Einstein, Bernard Baruch, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  In 1953 he published in Forverts a scholarly novella, “Tsvey teg af der levone” (Two days on the moon).  He also wrote in English—for the weekly paper New Leader and for Jewish Social Studies.  In the latter he published in 1956 a work on mortality among New York Jews in 1953.  Among his pen names: L. Davidson and Sh. Myers.

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