Thursday 29 August 2019


YUDE SHIMELEVITSH (1880-January 2, 1919)
            He was born in Dvinsk (Daugavpils), Latvia.  Initially a Bundist, he was later an active Communist with important functions in the Jewish section of the Communist Party.  In Vilna he founded the daily newspaper Der komunist (The Communist) on December 27, 1918.  His undercover names were Yulyus and Reysin.  He was the main hero of M. Danyel’s play Yulyus (Julius) and of his story “Fir teg” (Four days).  He died in Vilna.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4, who states he was born in Riga in 1888; Yankl Gutkovitsh, Af ale teg fun a gants yor, literarish-historisher kalendar (Every day for a full year, literary historical calendar) (Warsaw: Yidish bukh, 1966), p. 11.
Berl Cohen

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