Thursday 15 August 2019


ZIGMUND SHTEYN (1899-March 11, 1968)
            He was born in Dobromil (Dobromyl’), Galicia.  He attended religious elementary school and yeshiva.  He belonged to the Labor Zionists, later to the Bund, and from 1921 was an active Communist leader in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Galicia, and Paris.  He co-edited the Communist journal Unzer veg (Our way) in Lemberg (1932).  In the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), he was a political commissar in the International Brigades.  He later became disappointed with Communism and drew closer to the Jewish national camp.  He described his experiences in Spain in his book: Der birger-krig in shpanye, zikhroynes fun a militsyaner (The civil war in Spain, memoirs of a militiaman) (Paris, 1961), 239 pp., published earlier in Forverts (Forward) in New York.  He died in Paris

Source: Avrom Shulman, in Forverts (New York) (November 22, 1955).
Berl Cohen

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