Wednesday 22 May 2019


            He was born in Kolomaye, Galicia.  He studied in religious elementary school until age eleven, later graduating from a Polish high school, and going on to pursue German studies, philosophy, and classical philology in Vienna.  He received his doctoral degree in 1909 and from that point worked as a teacher in a state high school in Sambor (Sambir).  From 1922 he was in the Polish senate and from 1929 in the Polish Sejm.  He was an active and leading Zionist.  From 1935 he was living in the land of Israel.  While still in high school, he published a secret Zionist weekly newspaper entitled Unzere makhshoves (Our thoughts).  His journalistic work began in Yiddish in Lemberg’s Togblat (Daily newspaper).  He was a regular contributor to Haynt (Today).  From time to time, he also published articles in Moment (Moment) and Lemberg’s Morgen (Morning), among other serials.  He wrote a great deal about financial and economic matters, also for the Polish Jewish press.  He died in Jerusalem.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopediya lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 3 (Tel Aviv, 1950); Pinkes kolomaye (Records of Kolomaye) (New York, 1957), pp. 281-82; Yitskhok Grinboym, Fun mayn dor (Of my generation) (Tel Aviv: Makor, 1959), pp. 353-60; Itonut yehudit shehayta (Jewish press that was) (Tel Aviv, 1973), see index.
Berl Cohen

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