Wednesday 19 June 2019


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.
Berl Cohen

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