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Malka Kolodny

Malka Fisz Kolodny served as one of the first teachers in pre-State Palestine, at a time when teaching often involved counseling traumatized war orphans. Kolodny attended a Jewish girl’s gymnasium in Poland before earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Caën in France in 1933. She married Moshe Kolodny and immigrated to Palestine in 1936, which made her the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. When she was widowed in 1942, she began teaching at the Women Worker’s Farm and other settlements near Haifa to support her two daughters. Her pupils were a mix of Syrian refugees, European concentration camp survivors, and Youth Aliyah immigrants, and she taught subjects ranging from basic literacy and crafts to chemistry and biology, while also counseling her more troubled students. After the founding of the State of Israel, she earned one of the first teaching certificates issued and continued to teach science at high schools throughout Haifa, often translating textbooks from Russian. After her retirement, she translated memoirs of Holocaust survivors and the Labor Brigade from Russian and Yiddish into Hebrew, and founded the Fisz Brothers Community Center in memory of the siblings she had lost in the Holocaust.

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Malka Kolodny, 1955
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Malka Kolodny in 1955.
Courtesy of Rachel Sebba.
Date of Birth
June 17, 1910
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Malka Kolodny." (Viewed on December 12, 2018) <>.


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