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Memorable Manitobans: Noah [Noach] Witman (1904-2000)

Journalist.

Born in Poland in 1904, he lost the toes on the right foot to frostbite, giving him a unique gait. He came to Winnipeg in 1927 after being forced from Kiev, where he attended university, due to his Jewish activities. Described variously as an entertainer, poet, writer, newspaper columnist for the Jewish Post, comedian, historian, television and radio personality, he is credited with keeping the Yiddish language alive in Winnipeg, by way of a weekly Yiddish radio show on station CKJS that began in 1954. In recognition of his community service, he received the Prix Manitoba (1989). He died at Winnipeg on 23 December 2000 and was buried in the BNay Abraham Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 2000.

“Witman helped keep Yiddish alive” by Kim Guttormson, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 2000, page A3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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