Pollack, Israel

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POLLACK, ISRAEL (1910–1993), industrialist. Pollack was born in Transylvania and raised in Bukovina where he received a traditional education and studied in a textile school. He opened his first textile factory in 1935. In 1947 he moved to Chile, where in addition to his textile business, he was active in Jewish affairs and education. While in Chile he was the head of the Jewish Federation. In the early 1960s he established the Polgat textile works in Kiryat Gat, and in 1966 he arrived in Israel to serve as Polgat's ceo. Pollack was active in many public institutions. He was one of the founders of Klal Corporation, serving as its chairman. He was the chairman of the United Fund and a member of the university boards. In 1990 he received the Israel Prize for special contribution in national and social fields.

[Fern Lee Seckbach /

Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]