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Moshe Lubetkin

Translated by Dr. Samuel Chani and Jenni Buch

Moshe Lubetkin

 

Born in Brest to a prestigious family, he was a tall broad - shouldered man with beautiful eyes and a smile that usually floated on his lips. In 1913 he began his activities amongst the youths of the middle school of commerce. He set up a group called Bnei Zion (sons of Zion) He completely gave all his time to the building and enlargement of the Local Zionist library. He was an important member of the American committee (formed through the Joint) and had great responsibility and influence in providing the homeless with accommodation.

He was one of the founders of the Young Zionists which sprung up from the “Techiya” organization. He was also active in educational and social matters. He was active in the Young Zionists Bund and the Poale Zion, which were prevalent in the Jewish society after W.W.1

He made aliyah to Israel in 1924 and worked in the labor movement (Palestine Workers Fund). For the last fifteen years of his life he managed the affairs of the Workers Council in the Histadrut. He spent much time and effort on the development of the worker's archives, of which he was a member. He also negotiated a deal to build the Max Fein Trade School. He passed away in Tel-Aviv in 1942 after a severe illness.


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Moshe Eliezer Ben-Anat (Breinhandler)

Translated by Dr. Samuel Chani and Jenni Buch

Moshe Eliezer Ben-Anat

 

Born on Brest on the 16th of Marcheshvan 1903. He studied in a Modern Hebrew cheder in his childhood. He then went to middle school for about 2 years, after that he went to Warsaw University to study. He was a member of the student committee there and a member of the national council of Poale Zion. He was one of the founders of the “Hachalutz” (pioneer) movement, and was involved in the weekly publications “Polessie Shtimme”, “Befreiung”, and “Arbeiter Wort”.

He made aliyah to Israel in 1925, and was one of the founders and the secretary of the Worker's Loan Fund. He was an active member of the United Workers that joined with other parties to form the Mapai.party. After the split in the party, he went over to the “Achdut Avodah” party and was an active member of it's central committee, and the Lands secretariat. After the union with Mapam he represented the united movement of the various institutions. He was elected as a member of the Tel –Aviv city council. After leaving Mapam, he became one of the founders of the Workers Union and a member of the Workers Council in the Histadrut and a member of the City of Tel-Aviv worker's council. He was a deputy director of the tax office of the Histadrut and a committee member of Keren Hayesod Ha-Avodah (unemployment fund).

In 1931 Ben-Anat initiated the establishment of “Mashan” and was the head of this organization. He was a delegate to the 21st Zionist Congress. He was also a member of the Haganah and in 1942 he volunteered for guard service and was one of the editors of the Hebrew language “Notar”

During the War of Independence in 1948, he was active in cultural and educational issues for the Israeli army. He was a member of the mobilization board of the Israeli army, and published many articles in the labor press:” Davar”,” Pinkas”, “Hapoel Hatzair”, and “Lachdut Avodah”.

He was one of the most recognized of the Labor movement in Israel. He was friendly to everyone who turned to him for assistance. He was always ready to help with a warm and open heart. He personified good heartedness and moral ethics. He was a fighter and demanded more of himself and was more forgiving of others.

He died in Tel-Aviv after a severe illness in 1953.

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