Nearly two decades after he began working at the Ma’ariv
offices in Tel Aviv,
night watchman Sergei Halyufin committed suicide, on the same day the office
closed its doors for the last time.
workers union reported
Halyufin’s death Thursday night in a Facebook post over the weekend as a tragic
chapter in the history of the newspaper.
In the post, journalist Chen
Kontas describes Halyufin as a historian with three academic degrees who made
aliya from Russia and because of his problems with Hebrew, languished in his
guard station, his intellect and knowledge underused “Those who stopped to speak
to him received full lectures in history. Empires sank and statesmen fell inside
Sergei’s little guard booth,” Kontas wrote.
She said that Halyufin “was
my most loyal reader, but not only mine, all of ours. He remembered every
article and every detail. It sounds like something out of a movie – a historian
sitting at his guard post. The man who in his death, became himself a part of
the sad history of Ma’ariv
Publisher Shlomo Ben-Tsvi bought the
financially troubled newspaper last year. He subsequently fired a large number
of workers and kept those who remained for a partial merger with the paper Makor
, which he also owns. The paper’s offices are now located in the Malha
Technology Park in southern Jerusalem.
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