Revusky, Abraham

Revusky, Abraham [Ревуцький, Авраам; Revuc'kyj, Avraam (Revutsky)], b 8 February 1889 in Smila, Cherkasy county, Kyiv gubernia, d 8 February 1946 in Yonkers, New York State. Journalist and Zionist leader. He grew up in Palestine and studied at Odesa University and Vienna University. A member of the Poale Zion party and a regular contributor to the Russian and Yiddish press, in 1917–18 he was a leader of the Jewish community in Odesa. In 1918 he was the Poale Zion representative to the Central Rada, and in January–February 1919 he served as the minister of Jewish affairs in the Council of National Ministers of the Ukrainian National Republic; he left that post in protest over the negotiations of the Directory of the Ukrainian National Republic with the Entente powers. In 1920 Revusky returned to Palestine, but in 1921 was expelled by the British. In 1925 he emigrated from Western Europe to the United States, where he was active in Zionist politics and the Jewish press. His memoirs of the revolutionary period, In di Shvere Teg oyf Ukraine (In the Difficult Days of Ukraine), were published in 1924.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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