Monday 21 August 2017


DOVID MARKUS (b. March 3, 1916)
            He was born in Brok, near Warsaw, Poland.  He attended religious elementary school and the yeshiva in Ostrów-Mazowiecka (Ostrov-Mazovyetsk), later graduating from a Polish high school in Warsaw.  For a time he studied humanities at Vilna University.  When the Germans invaded Poland, he was confined in the Warsaw Ghetto, before making his way to Vilna and from there to Moscow en route to Japan.  Until late 1941 he lived in Kobe and until 1946 in Shanghai.  Over the years 1947-1951, he lived in Uruguay, later settling in Rio de Janeiro.  He contributed to Vilner togblat (Vilna daily newspaper) in 1940 and to Folksblat (People’s newspaper) in Montevideo (also its co-editor), in which, aside from a daily column on Jewish and general topics, he also wrote feature pieces.  He wrote as well for: Di tsukunft (The future) and Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter) in New York; the weekly Unzer vort (Our word) in Montevideo (1948-1951), also its editor; and Der nayer moment (The new moment) in Rio de Janeiro.  He was editor of Di idishe prese (The Jewish press).  He was last living in Rio.

Sources: Forverts and Tog-morgn-zhurnal (both, New York) (March 11, 1954); Keneder odler (Montreal) (March 29, 1954); Y. Vaynshenker, Boyers un mitboyers fun yidishn yishev in urugvay (Founders and builders of the Jewish community in Uruguay) (Montevideo, 1957), p. 144.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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