writer on Eastern Europe
Died: January 26, 2008 (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Best Known as: writer on Eastern Europe and editor of Problems of Communism
Abraham Brumberg was a well-known writer on Eastern Europe and the first editor of the respected journal Problems of Communism, which analyzed Communist affairs. The journal was founded in 1952 and published six times a year by the United States Information Agency. Brumberg was the editor in chief until 1970. His writing on Eastern Europe was also published in The New York Times, Dissent, and The New Republic, among many others. In 2007, Brumberg published a memoir called Journeys Through Vanishing Worlds. Abraham Brumberg was fluent in Yiddish and active in efforts to preserve the language. His father had been a leader of the Jewish Socialist Bund in Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, the family fled to Lithuania and then Japan before settling in the United States in 1941. Brumberg graduated from the City College of New York in 1950 and completed his master's in Soviet studies at Yale in 1953.