David Orzuch Dead at 72

David Orzuch, former editor of the now defunct Yiddish daily “Folksblat” in Uruguay, has died in Montevideo at the age of 72. Born in Vilna, Lithuania, he and his brother, the late Moizes Orzuch, founded the Folksblat after they settled in Montevideo in 1931.

During the first 15 years of its existence the newspaper successfully fended off an onslaught against it by the powerful Jewish Communists who at that time owned a Yiddish daily, “Unzer Fraint,” and communal institutions which included a bank, medical center, school and a cemetery. At one time there were three Yiddish dailies in Montevideo, two Zionist oriented and one Communist. Now there is only one weekly published in Spanish which serves a Jewish population of some 48,000.

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