Monday, 29 May 2017


ZALMEN LEVINBERG (April 22, 1909-1983)
            He was born in Talsen (Talsi), Latvia, the son of the rabbi of the city.  He was active in the Revisionist Zionist movement in Riga and chairman of Betar for Latvia and Lithuania.  He took part in the fighting of the Jewish Brigade against the Germans during WWII and later was active in “Briḥa” (underground effort to help Holocaust survivors make their way from Europe to the land of Israel).  He wrote articles for Ovntpost (Evening mail) in Riga (1932), and for a time he served also as its editor.  He was as well a contributor to Moment (Moment) in Warsaw and to various Revisionist publications in Yiddish.  From 1939 he was writing for and co-editing Hamashkif (The spectator) and the principal contributor to Maariv (Evening) in Tel Aviv.  In the remembrance volume, Yahadut latviya (Judaism in Latvia) (Tel Aviv, 1953), pp. 158-61, he placed an article on the Revisionist Zionist movement in Latvia.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah leḥalutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 5 (Tel Aviv, 1952), p. 3143; Yitsḥak Meir, in Yahadut latviya (Judaism in Latvia) (Tel Aviv, 1953), p. 121; M. Buba, in Yahadut latviya, p. 157; Sefer hashana shel haitonim (Newspaper yearbook) (Tel Aviv, 1955/1956).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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