MOYSHE FERDMAN (October 5, 1898-August 2, 1964)
The brother of Shoyel Ferdman, he was born in Lutsk, Volhynia. He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva, and secular knowledge he gained through self-study. He was active in the labor movement, an organizer of trade unions in Lutsk, and an active leader in the Bund. He spent WWII in Soviet Russia. From 1947 he was living in Mexico. He was editor of Voliner gedank (Volhynian idea) until WWII. He served as secretary of the editorial board of Foroys (Arise), technical director of the “Mendelson Fund,” and for a time director of the secretariat of the Jewish writers’ association in Mexico. He worked with ORT (Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades), OZE (Obschestvo zdravookhraneniia evreev [Society for the Protection of the Health of the Jewish Population]), and YIVO. He translated from Russia to Yiddish: Sofia Dubnow-Erlich’s, Dos lebn un shafn fun shimen dubnov (The life and work of Shimen Dubnov [original: Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo S. M. Dubnova]) (Mexico City, 1952), 322 pp.; and with his brother Shoyel, Shimen Dubnov’s Briv vegn altn un nayem yidntum (Letters concerning old and new Judaism) (Mexico City, 1959), xvi, 464 pp. He died in Mexico City.
Source: N. Aks, in Foroys (Mexico City) (September 1964).