Naftali, Peretz

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Naftali, Peretz Gender: M
Fritz Moritz Naphtali
born on 29 March 1888 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 09°11' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 00°46 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 27°14'

Peretz Naftali (1951)


German-born Zionist activist and Israeli politician who served in several ministerial portfolios in the 1950s. In 1921 he published a book, How to read the Economic Section of the Newspaper, which was a bestseller.

Naftali joined the Social Democratic Party in 1911. He served in the German Army between 1911 and 1912, after which he started to work as a journalist on economic affairs, returning to the army for a spell in 1917–1918 to fight in World War I. In 1921 he became editor of the economics department of the Frankfurter Zeitung newspaper, a post he held until 1926, when he became head of the economic research department of a trade union.

In 1925 he had joined the Zionism movement, and in 1931 was a delegate to the Zionist Congress. He made aliyah (emigration as a Jew to Israel) in 1933, initially working as a lecturer at the Technion, before becoming director general of Bank Hapoalim in 1938, a post he held until 1949. Between 1941 and 1948 he served as a member of the Assembly of Representatives.

He was elected to the Knesset in 1949 on Mapai's list. After being re-elected in 1951, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio in David Ben-Gurion's government. In June 1952 he became Minister of Agriculture, a role he held until the 1955 elections, after which he reverted to being a Minister without Portfolio. In January 1959 he became Minister of Welfare, but lost his Knesset seat and place in the cabinet in the 1959 elections.

He died on 30 April 1961, aged 73, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1921 (Book, "How to read the Economic Section of the Newspaper")

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin Archives. English Wikipedia gives 19 March in error.


  • Vocation : Business : Economist
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Military : Combat (Army, WWI)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWI)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Zionist)
  • Vocation : Politics : Labor unions
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Economics)