Noah Barou, 1889-1955

Born in Ukraine, Barou was a trade unionist and political activist who was active in Poalei Zion. After that group broke with the new Soviet authorities, he moved to London, where he helped found the World Jewish Congress in 1936. He served on its Board of Deputies and, starting in 1948, led its European executive, a position from which he helped negotiate Israel’s 1952 reparations deal with West Germany.

Photo: Noah Barou’s books include “The Soviet Home Front” (courtesy Amazon) and “The Jews in Work & Trade” (courtesy Kennys Bookshop, Galway, Ireland).