SIMKHE-MOYSHE PRAGER (1900-March 13, 1941)
He was born in Zdunske-Volye (Zduńska Wola), near Lodz, Poland. Until WWII he was a leader in Agudat Yisrael and a teacher in the local Beys Yankev school. He published articles and translations concerning education and general Jewish matters in: Der yudisher arbeter (The Jewish worker) and Bey yankev zhurnal (Beys Yankev journal) in Lodz; Yugend-kreftn (Talents of youth) in Warsaw; Dos yudishe vokhnblat (The Jewish weekly newspaper) in Bendin (Będzin); and elsewhere. He translated from the German and reworked for the classroom L. Stern’s Amude hayahadut (The pillars of Judaism), a textbook of religion for home and school (published in 32-page booklets) (Będzin, 1926). He was murdered in Zduńska Wola by the Nazis in the bloody Purim of 1941.
Sources: Information from Y. Nusboym in Israel; Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index.
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