Herzl Berger

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Herzl Berger
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Date of birth 31 August 1904
Place of birth Minsk, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1934
Date of death 28 August 1962(1962-08-28) (aged 57)
Knessets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Faction represented in Knesset
1951–1962 Mapai

Dr Herzl Berger (Belarusian: Герцаль Бергер; Hebrew: הרצל ברגר‎‎‎; 31 July 1904 – 28 August 1962) was a Minsk-born Israeli activist and politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai between 1951 and 1962.

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Born in Minsk in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus), Berger attended the Reali High School in his home city. Between 1917 and 1921 He was a member of the Zionist Hashomer Hatzair and HaHaver youth movements, which had been banned by the Soviet authorities. In 1921 he moved to Berlin, where he joined the Right section of Poale Zion, serving as secretary of its central committee between 1930 and 1931. He also studied at the University of Jena, and gained a doctorate in law and political science.

In 1932 he moved to Poland, and between 1933 and 1934, was a member of the Poale Zion Socialist Zionists' central committee. He also worked on the editorial board of the Das Vert newspaper.

In 1934 he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine, where he worked for the Davar newspaper. He also joined the Haganah, and was a political commentator for Kol Yisrael.

In the 1949 elections he was given a place on the Mapai list, but the party did not win enough seats for him to make it into the Knesset. However, he entered the parliament on 5 February 1951 as a replacement for Yehudit Simhonit, who had resigned her seat.[1] He retained his seat in the July 1951 elections, and was re-elected in 1955, 1959 and 1961. He died in 1962 whilst still a Knesset member, and was replaced by Gideon Ben-Yisrael.

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