Zelig Kalmanovitch

Zelig Hirsh Kalmanovitch (1885-1944) was a Yiddishist, Diaspora Nationalist, public intellectual, philologist, and co-director of the Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO) in Vilna. Hailed as the “prophet” of the Vilna Ghetto for his calls to return to Judaism and to embrace Zionism, he perished in the Nazi work camps of Estonia in 1944