Moment, Der

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MOMENT, DER , Yiddish daily newspaper in Poland. The paper was founded in Warsaw in November 1910 by Ẓevi Hirsch *Prylucki. Working with him were his son, Noah *Prylucki, and Hillel *Zeitlin. Der Moment became one of the most influential of the Jewish dailies of Poland, with a circulation of about 30,000, although that figure was far exceeded in times of tension: during the *Beilis blood libel proceedings, 1911–13, it reached a circulation of 150,000, and shortly before World War ii it printed 60,000 copies daily.

In 1914 Der Moment published its first dispatches from Ereẓ Israel; its contributor was Izhak *Ben-Zvi. The Russians suspended the paper in July 1915, but 18 days later the invading Germans allowed it to continue under censorship. During the Warsaw municipal elections of 1916, the paper backed the *Folkspartei. Prominent among the paper's contributors after the war were Hirsh David *Nomberg, Julius Schwalbe, Ignacy *Schiper, and from 1925 Isaac *Schwarzbart. In 1936 the paper became a cooperative and two years later was taken over by a syndicate which adopted a Revisionist policy. It printed Vladimir Jabotinsky's article "The Eleventh Hour" in 1938 and also his series "Fun Mayn Tagebukh." The publication of Der Moment was discontinued in September 1939 with the Nazi invasion of Poland.

add. bibliography:

M. Mozes, "Der Moment," in: Fun Noenten Over ii, Yidishe Presse in Varshe (1956), 241–99; J. Gothelf (ed.), Ittonut Yehudit she-Hayeta (1973), 95–125; M. Fuks, Prasa zydowska w Warszawie 1923–1939 (1979), index.

[Artur Fiszer]