Israel Polack

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Israel Pollak (Hebrew: ישראל פולק‎; 1909–1993) was an Austro-Hungarian-born Romanian, Chilean and Israeli textile industrialist. He is best known for founding the Israel-based Polgat company.[1]


Israel Pollak was born to a Jewish Orthodox family in Borşa, east Maramureș. In 1925, he moved to Gura Humorului, Bukovina, and later to Cernăuţi. While in Cernăuţi, he studied at yeshiva and at a textile plant. In 1935, he founded an enterprise of its kind in the city.

Business career[edit]

After World War II, he emigrated to Chile where his brother Marcos had emigrated before the war. There with his brothers and brothers-in-law he founded the "Pollak Hnos." textile company. In 1960, Pinhas Sapir, then Israel's Minister of Industry, invited Pollak to make aliyah and to establish a textile plant in Kiryat Gat. The Pollak's new company, Polgat, grew into the largest textile, clothing and knitwear company in Israel. It eventually became a public corporation whose shares were traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. In 1970, the Pollaks founded Bagir, a men's division for suits and jackets.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1990, Pollak was awarded the Israel Prize for his special contribution to society and the State of Israel.[3]

In 1992, he was honored by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In 1993, he was honored by the Technion in Haifa.


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