MEYER RAYZ (b. 1891)
A publisher and translator, he was born in Rozishtsh (Rozhyshche), Volhynia. He gained his secondary education in a senior high school in Minsk, before proceeding to Liège. From 1918 he was a teacher and administrator of Jewish schools in Warsaw, later a teacher of mathematics and physics in Polish-Jewish and Hebrew middle schools and seminaries. He finally settled in Kovle (Kovel), where he was a municipal councilor in city hall. In 1927 he founded a publishing house, which published his translations of: Wilhelm Ostwald, Di mil fun lebn, fizikalish-khemishe yesoydes fun di lebns-protsesn (The mill of life, physical-chemical foundations of life processes) (Warsaw, 1924), 135 pp.; W. Flatau, Higyene fun der froy, a vegveyzer far froyen un meydlekh, mit 20 bilder in teḳst (Women’s hygiene, a guide for women and girls, with twenty images in the text [original: Weibliche Gesundheitspflege, ein Ratgeber und Wegweiser für Frauen und Mädchen]), using the pen name “M. Gintsburg” (Warsaw, 1926), 172 pp. He also published: Roman Rolland, Bethoven (Beethoven), trans. Yankev Kopl-Dua and Shmuel Vulman (Warsaw, 1924); and Max Erik, Ṿegn altyidishn roman un novele, fertsnter-zekhtsnter yorhundert (On the Old Yiddish novel and novella, fourteenth-sixteenth century) (Warsaw, 1926). Together with Z. Leybovitsh, he translated F. Moytner’s Borekh shpinoza (Baruch Spinoza) and into Hebrew: Tadeusz Sierzputowski’s textbook, Aritmetik (Arithmetic) (Warsaw, 1929), 158 pp.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4.