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Sarasohn, Kasriel Hersch

SARASOHN, KASRIEL HERSCH

SARASOHN, KASRIEL HERSCH (1835–1905), Yiddish and Hebrew newspaper publisher. Born in Suwalki province, Russia, he settled in New York in 1871, and in the following year founded a weekly paper, Di New Yorker Yidishe Tsaytung, which was unsuccessful. Two years later he founded the first American Yiddish weekly Di Yidishe Gazeten, which survived for more than half a century and paved the way for the first Yiddish daily in America, Yidishes Tageblat. This traditionally-oriented daily exerted a great influence upon the immigrant generation at the turn of the century and attained a circulation of 70,000 copies. Its editors included the journalist John Paley, *Tashrak and G. *Bublick. Its influence declined after World War i, and in 1928 it merged with the Morning-Journal. Sarasohn also founded a Hebrew weekly, Haivri, which he maintained from 1891 to 1898, despite annual deficits. In 1882 he organized a society for aiding Jewish immigrants, which in 1890 merged with the *Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (hias).

bibliography:

Rejzen, Leksikon, 4 (1929), 883–6; Starkman, in: yivo, Yorbukh Amopteyl (1931), 273–95.

[Sol Liptzin]

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