Monday 10 December 2018


ZALMEN FRIDRIKH (January 6, 1910-May 1943)
            He was born in Warsaw.  He was secretary of the Warsaw Bundist sports organization “Morgenshtern” (Morning star) and a contributor to the weekly sports page of the Warsaw-based Folkstsaytung (People’s newspaper).  He was later editor and publisher of Arbeter-sportler (Worker-sportsman) in Warsaw (1929-1930).  He was confined in the Warsaw Ghetto.  He survived dangerous missions on the Aryan side.  He was the first to discover the gas chambers in the Nazi camps.  In early May 1943 he was murdered by the Germans in the village of Pludy, near Warsaw.

Sources: P. Shvarts, in Unzer tsayt (New York) (March 1945); Y. S. Tsh., in Folkstsaytung (Warsaw) (April 15, 1947; July 22, 1948); Y. Vilner, in Forverts (New York) (April 4, 1951); Vilner, in Unzer tsayt (September 1952).
Yankev Kahan

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