MENDA, ELIEZER (1887–1978), journalist. Born in *Edirne, he studied between 1905–10 in the Ecole Normale Orientale, Paris. He was a teacher at the *Alliance Israélite Universelle schools in Edirne, Tetouan, and Tatarpazarcik. Between 1910–1925 he taught French and German in various lycées in Mersin, Adana, Konya, and İzmit. He contributed to different Ladino newspapers such as El Judio, El Jugeton, El Telegrafo,La Boz de Oriente, and to French newspapers such L'Aurore and Le Journal D'Orient. In December 1950 he started publishing the Ladino newspaper La Luz with a partner, Robert Balli. Later on Balli left and started to publish his own newspaper, La Luz de Türkiye, while Menda continued with La Luz until 1972.
N. Benbanaste, Örneklerle Türk Musevi Basınının Tarihçesi (1988); A. Elmaleh, "Türkiye'de Yahudice-Ispanyolca Basınının Emektarı: Eliezer Menda," in: La Vera Luz (Dec. 17, 1964–Jan. 21, 1965); "Homenaje a los Dekanos de la Prensa Judia Turka don Eliezer Menda i don Eliya Gayus," in: La Vera Luz (Feb. 9, 1967).
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