AVROM MITLBERG (b. May 23, 1903)
He was born in Kalushin (Kałuszyn), Warsaw district, Poland. He later lived in Warsaw, from whence in 1926 he immigrated to Argentina. From his early youth, he was active in the left Labor Zionist party, the association “Evening Courses for Workers,” and the like. He was one of the leaders of modern Jewish life in Argentina. He contributed to: the leadership of DAYA (Union of Jewish Organizations in Argentina), the central committee of “Aḥdut haavoda, Poale Tsiyon” (Union of labor, Labor Zionists), the Association of Polish Jews in Argentina, the administration of the Jewish community in Buenos Aires and for many years director of its cultural department, founder of the publishing house “Yidish” (Yiddish), and from 1946 head of the publisher “Dos poylishe yidntum” (Polish Jewry). From 1927 he was a contributor to: Rozaryer lebn (Rosario life), Dos naye vort (The new word), and other Yiddish periodical publications in Argentina. He served as co-editor of: Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Jewish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944), 942 pp.; and the yearbooks of the Buenos Aires Jewish community, Yorbikher tshy”d (Yearbooks 1953/1954) (Buenos Aires), and he wrote a few pieces included therein. In Seyfer kalushin (Volume for Kałuszyn) (Tel Aviv, 1960), pp. 168-71, he published “Di gezelshaftlekhe dervakhung nokh der daytshisher okupatsye, 1915-1918” (The community revival following the German occupation, 1915-1918). He was last living in Buenos Aires.
Sources: A. Glants, in Der veg (Mexico City) (June 13, 1953); Y, Gradzhitski, in Seyfer kalushin (Volume for Kałuszyn) (Tel Aviv, 1960), pp. 173-76; A. Zak, In onhoyb fun a friling (At the beginning of a spring) (Buenos Aires, 1962), see index; Biblyografye fun yidishe bikher vegn khurbn un gvure (Bibliography of Yiddish books concerning the Holocaust and heroism) (New York, 1962), see index; Who’s Who in World Jewry (New York, 1955), p. 531.
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