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Luba Borochov Dead at 95

Funeral services were held yesterday for Luba Borochov, widow of Dov Ber Borochov, a founder of the Poale (workers) Zionist movement in Czarist Russia. She died Sunday at the age of 95 in a hospital at Gedera where she was confined for the past few months. She had remained a widow for 59 years.

Mrs. Borochov was buried beside the grave of her husband in the Kinneret cemetery on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where many other founders of Labor Zionism have been interred. Dov Borochov, the father of Socialist Zionism, died in Kiev in 1917. His remains were brought to Israel 13 years ago through the personal efforts of the late President Zalman Shazar who had been one of Borochov’s pupils.

Mrs. Borochov came to the United States with her two small children after she was widowed but settled in Palestine in 1924 and went to work for Histadrut as a cashier. Though not active in politics, she was a prolific writer and contributed articles to Poale Zion publications in the U.S. and in Israel. She kept a diary in Russian in which she referred to talks with her husband and described her long years as a widow. She stipulated that the diaries were not to be published during her lifetime.

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