ELEMEYLEKH FAYNZILBER (MELECH FAINZILBER) (b. January 1, 1895)
He was born in Kolibel, near Warsaw, Poland. He studied in yeshivas and secular subjects on his own. In 1922 he settled in Shedlets (Siedlce). He was active in the Zionist movement, principally in the areas of culture and schools. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, he was deported to the Węgrów concentration camp; he escaped from there and made his way to Russia. In 1946 he returned to Poland and in 1948 he made aliya to the state of Israel. He contributed work to: Shedletser vokhnblat (Siedlce weekly newspaper) (1920-1927); and later to Letste nayes (Latest news) and Unzer haynt (Our today), among others, in Tel Aviv. In book form: Af di khurves fun mayn heym, khurbn shedlets (On the ruins of my home, the destruction of Siedlce) (Tel Aviv, 1952), 260 pp. He was last living in Giv’at Rambam, Israel.
Sources: G. Vaysman, in Lebnsfragn (Tel Aviv) 18-19 (October 1952); Dovid Naymark, in Forverts (New York) (September 4, 1953); Meylekh Ravitsh, Mayn leksikon (My lexicon), vol. 3 (Montreal, 1958), p. 483; Letste nayes (Tel Aviv) (April 4, 1953).
Khayim Leyb Fuks