Wednesday 22 May 2019


TEODOR ROTSHTEYN (b. ca. 1865)[1]
            A Russian-Yiddish journalist, he was born in Poltava.  He moved in his youth to London.  He was active in the English socialist movement and press.  At the beginning of the century, he grew closer to the group of Jewish social democrats in England.  He later became a Communist, and in 1917 returned to Russia, and he assumed an important position in the Commissariat of Foreign Affairs.  He was one of the editors of the first great Soviet encyclopedia.  In 1900 he edited for a short time the social democratic weekly Di naye velt (The new world) which lasted for one and one-half years.  With its revival in March 1904, under the title Di naye tsayt (The new time), Rotshteyn was its editor, though not for long.  He was the London correspondent for the Vilna Bundist daily newspaper Veker (Alarm) (or Folks-tsaytung [People’s newspaper]).  He published there and in other Bundist publications.  For many years he wrote letters from England and articles to Tsukunft (Future) and Forverts (Forward) in New York.  He often wrote the first letter of his first name with a taf (ת) [rather than the usual tet (ט)].  He died in Mexico City.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; D. Shub, in Forverts (New York) (July 12, 1964; January 24, 1965).
Yekhezkl Lifshits

[1] It was 1871 according to D. Shub, in Forverts (New York) (July 12, 1964; January 24, 1965).

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