Friday 23 November 2018


MARK FERSHTENDIK (b. January 27, 1912)
            He was born in Melits (Mielec), Galicia.  He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva.  He graduated from the law faculty of Cracow University and was a practicing attorney and community leader in Mielec.  He was confined in the Mielec ghetto, later on the Aryan side of the city.  In 1946 he left for Germany, and in 1947 Paris; in 1952 he emigrated to Australia.  He co-edited the survivors’ newspaper Ibergang (Transition) in Munich (issue #1, November 17, 1947)—Yiddish written in Roman lettering.  He also wrote for Hamedina (The nation) and Unzer velt (Our world) in Munich (December 13, 1945-January 6, 1950), later for Oystralishe yidishe nayes (Australian Jewish news), Yidishe post (Jewish mail), and Melburner bleter (Melbourne sheets).  He authored a pamphlet entitled: Di yidishe farmegns in poyln (The Jewish wealth in Poland) (Munich, 1947), 24 pp.

Sources: Biblyografye fun yidishe bikher vegn khurbn un gvure (Bibliography of Yiddish books concerning the Holocaust and heroism) (New York, 1962), see index; information from Y. Kaytlman in New York.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 450.]

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