Friday, 9 February 2018


            The brother of Zusman Sagalovitsh, he was born in Bialystok, Russian Poland.  As a youth he moved to Lodz, where he received his education and later became a teacher.  During WWI he was active in the Bund.  He was a cofounder of the “school and popular education association” which in 1916 moved to set up a Jewish school in Lodz, and he was a teacher in the Bund schools—the subsequent Medem Schools.  In 1921 he left for Soviet Russia and until 1930 was involved in Yiddish school curriculum in Minsk.  He later lived for a time in Birobidzhan, where he was active with Gezerd (All-Union Association for the Agricultural Settlement of Jewish Workers in the USSR) and other institutions involving Yiddish schools, culture, and the press.  He began writing in Lebens-fragen (Life issues) in Warsaw and in Lodzher veker (Lodz alarm), and later in Soviet Russia he contributed to: Af di vegn tsu der nayer shul (On the road to the new school) in Moscow; Oktyabr (October) in Minsk; and Birobidzhaner shtern (Birobidzhan star); among others.  He was the author of Matematik, ershter teyl, arbetbikhl farn III shulyor (Mathematics, part 1, workbook for the third school year) (Minsk, 1926), 185 pp.; together with the Lodz Jewish teacher Yoysef Ravin, Heft far matematishe arbetn (Copybook for mathematical work) (Minsk, 1931), 47 pp.; Arbet-bukh af matematik, farn IV lernyor (Workbook in mathematics, for the fourth school year) (Minsk, 1932), 87 pp.; with A. Shkrabe, Matematik, arbet-bukh farn 7 shul-yor (Mathematics, workbook for the seventh school year) (Minsk, 1932), 149 pp.  In 1935 he was charged with Trotskyism and Jewish nationalism, and he deported to various prison camps and shot.

Sources: Biblyografishe yorbikher fun yivo (Bibliographic yearbooks from YIVO) (Warsaw, 1928), see index; P. Shvarts, in Foroys (Mexico City) (March 1958); Y. Sh. Herts, Di geshikhjte fun bund in lodzh (The history of the Bund in Lodz) (New York, 1958), see index; information from Manye Raynharts in Toronto, Canada.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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