Wednesday 20 December 2017


TSIPOYRE NOKHUMOV-KATSENELSON (June 18, 1901-January 7, 1972)
            The sister of Yitskhok Katsenelson, she was born in Lodz, Poland.  At age five she began to study Yiddish and Hebrew in her father’s school, later graduating from a state high school.  For a time she worked as a teacher in Yitskhok Katsenelson’s Hebrew high school, before managing a girls’ school.  In 1935 she left Poland and settled in Montevideo, Uruguay.  She worked as a teacher in the Arlozorov school and a ballet teacher in the French school.  In 1946 she left for Buenos Aires, where she worked for several years at a youth center run by the Jewish Agency and as a teacher at the Yiddish-Hebrew teachers’ seminary.  In 1953 she settled in the state of Israel.  She published articles and memoirs about her brother and other Lodz persons who had been murdered in: Di prese (The press) and Idishe tsaytung (Jewish newspaper) in Buenos Aires; and Folksblat (People’s newspaper) and Do (Here) in Montevideo; among others.  In book form: Yitskhok katsenelson, zayn lebn un shafn (Yitskhok Katsenelson, his life and work) (Buenos Aires, 1948), 219 pp.  She died in Montevideo.

Sources: Khayim Leyb Fuks, in Yidishe shriftn (Lodz) 3 (1938); A. Tenenboym-Arzi, Lodz un ire yidn (Lodz and her Jews) (Buenos Aires, 1956), see index; Y. Vaynshenker, Boyers un mitboyers fun yidishn yishev in urugvay (Founders and builders of the Jewish community in Uruguay) (Montevideo, 1957), p. 204.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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