Swet, Gershon

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SWET, GERSHON (1893–1968), journalist. Born in the Ukraine, Swet went in 1921 to Berlin as a correspondent for the Warsaw Yiddish newspaper Moment. While increasingly active in the Zionist movement, he became an expert in two fields: international politics, especially Jewish, and music. After two years in Paris (1933–35) he went to Palestine and was a member of the editorial staff of Haaretz. He also served as chairman of the Association of Journalists in Jerusalem; in addition, in 1938, he edited the musical journal Musica Hebraica. In 1948 Haaretz sent him as a correspondent to the United Nations in New York. There he wrote regular columns for the German-Jewish Aufbau and the Russian Novoye Russkoye Slovo. He also conducted his own weekly news programs on the radio in Russian and Yiddish, and served as press officer of the Jewish Agency and foreign correspondent for La Pensée Russe in Paris.