ARN YERUSALIMSKI (1909-1989)
He was a current event writer and historian, born in Kiev, Ukraine. In the 1920s he took an active part in the youth press, serving as a member of the editorial board of the literary-political journal Khvalyes (waves) in Vitebsk and editor of the newspaper Royte yugnt (Red youth) in Kremenchug, Ukraine, publishing articles on historical and social topics and documentary-style stories in the Moscow journal Yungvald (Young forest), and working as the social correspondent for Moscow’s central newspaper Der emes (The truth). He graduated from the Jewish section of the Yu. Markhlevski Communist University in Moscow and the pedagogical institute in Riazan, and he was a research student at Moscow State University, where he defended his dissertation on the subject of “The labor and peasant movement on the eve of World War I.” After receiving the title of candidate in historical science, he worked as a teacher of history in middle school and high school. Over the years 1925-1932, he was a lecturer and manager of the Jewish section of the Vitebsk, and later the Odessa, Party School, as well as a lecturer in history at the Odessa Jewish Pedagogical Technicum and the Jewish division of the Odessa Physics and Mathematics Institute. From 1932 he gave lectures in the Soviet Army. When WWII began, he proceeded to the front. After the war he continued his pedagogical work. At the same time, he took up historical and literary research, a portion of which was published in the 1970s in the journal Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) in Moscow. His work includes: “Unter der fon fun internatsyonlizm” (Under the banner of internationalism), a supplement to the journal Sovetish heymland 8 (1983).
Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), p. 182.