Jakub Egit

Jakub Egit (born 1908) was a Zionist leader and Soviet soldier.

In 1945, Egit began a project to create a settlement of 50,000 Jews in the town of Dzierżoniów (formerly Reichenbach), a recovered territory near Wrocław in Silesia, Poland. Egit's motivation was to "exact retribution and justice by making the former German territory a Jewish settlement".who Initially, with Soviet Communist support, Egit's plan went well; starting with a small group of concentration camp survivors, the settlement grew to encompass schools, hospitals, kibbutzim, orphanages and a book publishers in Wrocław. However, in 1948 the Communists withdrew their support. Egit was put in jail and the majority of Dzierżoniów's citizens emigrated to Israel.

From 1950, Egit was editor of "J'idysz Buch" in Warsaw. In 1957 he emigrated to Canada, where he became a prominent member of Canada's Jewish community. In 1991, he published his autobiography "Grand Illusion".

Further reading

*"Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City" Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse.
*"Grand Illusion", Jacob Egit


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