Motl Zelmanowicz (1914[1] – 16 October 2010[2]) was a Bundist[3] activist.

Zelmanowicz was born in Łódź, Congress Poland. His father, Ephraim, was an activist in the General Jewish Labour Bund. At a very early age, he became an activist in the Bund in Poland,[4] becoming the local chairman of S.K.I.F. (Sotsyalistishe Kinder Farband). In 1940, he moved to Seattle to escape from the Holocaust. He arrived with his brother, Shloyme, his future wife, Emma Pat, and various friends and colleagues from the Bund. After moving to New York, he was instrumental in establishing the World Coordinating Committee of the Bund and was its president for most of its existence, until it was folded at a small meeting at its headquarters.[5]

Zelmanowicz was on the Board of Directors and a Trustee for YIVO,[3][6][7][8] a member of the Board of Advisors of the Folksbiene,[7][9][10] a Vice-President of the Jewish Daily Forward,[8][11] one of the Vice-Chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America,[12][13] member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Labor Committee,[8] President of the International Jewish Labor Bund, author of "A Bundist Comments on History As It Was Being Made – The Post–Cold War Era", a major writer for the Bundist magazine Undzer Tsayt,[5] responsible for the production of the "In Love and Struggle" CD,[14] and assisted Jack Lester Jacobs, the author of Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland, in his research.[15]


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  3. ^ a b "A Light Shines Brightly From ‘Miracle on 16th Street’ –". 10 January 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "At YIVO, Honoring Those Who Champion Mameloshn –". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "info012". 26 January 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "YIVO Institute for Jewish Research | Board of Directors". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Motl Zelmanowicz". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Paid Notice: Deaths ZELMANOWICZ, DR. EMMA". The New York Times. 8 December 2000. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to The National Yiddish Theatre". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Democratic Socialists of America". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Progressive Politics For A Fairer World". Socialist International. 30 June 2001. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
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  15. ^ Bundist counterculture in interwar ... – Jack Lester Jacobs. Google Books. Retrieved 25 October 2011.