Avram Fridberg

1902 – 1938
Agronomist, Agro-Joint, Dnepropetrovsk

Avram Fridberg was a regional agronomist for Agro-Joint. He was arrested by the NKVD on the charge of participating in “an anti-Soviet Zionist espionage organization.” He was sentenced to death and executed in 1938. He was “rehabilitated” (his name was officially cleared) in 1956.


Extended Profile

Avram Solomonovich Fridberg,born in Bereznoye, Chernigov gubernia (now Ukraine) in 1902, was a part-time regional agronomist for Agro-Joint. He had been recommended for the position by Samuil L. Lubarsky, the Assistant Director of Agro-Joint, and by Moisei Itkin, the Agro-Joint representative in Ukraine. Fridberg was arrested on March 23, 1938 by the NKVD (People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs). On April 11, 1938, he was sentenced to death, by the NKVD Troika of the Dnepropetrovsk oblast on the charge of participating in “an anti-Soviet Zionist espionage organization.” He was executed on April 19, 1938. Fridberg was “rehabilitated” (his name was officially cleared) on August 15, 1956, by the Military Tribunal of the Kiev Military District.


Sources

GADO (State Archives of the Dnepropetrovsk Oblast).

Mitsel, Mikhail. “The Final Chapter: Agro-Joint Workers – Victims of the Great Terror in the USSR, 1937-1940.” Eastern European Jewish Affairs, Vol. 39, No. 1, April 2009.