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Mitch Podolak: "A Citizen of Earth"

Mitch PodolakBy KINZEY POSEN (Ed. note: This article was first posted Oct./17. With the news of Mitch's passing, we thought it appropriate to repost it to the home page.) Last November Mitch Podolak was leaving one of his favourite Winnipeg restaurants, the Evergreen on Pembina, when he suddenly fell outside. As he lay there somewhat stunned, he realized that this fall was about to change his life. He couldn’t feel the lower part of his body after landing hard on his neck.

Back to Winnipeg for this descendant of pioneer Jewish family

Penny (Divinsky) Yellen/her great-grandfather, Nisen Zimmerman


When the history of Winnipeg Jewry is told, it usually begins in 1882 with a group of Russian Jews who came to Winnipeg and made this city their home. One of those first settlers was one Nisen Zimmerman. From him emerged a long line of Zimmerman descendants. Of course, what many people do not know about Nisen or Nathan - as he became to be known, was that his real name was Rabinovitch and he changed it to Zimmerman in order to buy a new passport to immigrate to Canada. Also of interest was that he was the uncle to the famous author Solomon Rabinovich, better known as Sholem Aleichem.