Menu JTA Search

Marshall Pays Tribute to Maxim Vinaver, Late Russian Jewish Leader

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

A tribute to Maxim Vinaver, late Russian Jewish jurist and leader, was paid by Louis Marshall, in a statement issued to the “Jewish Daily Bulletin.”

“It is with profound sorrow that I have just learned of the death of Maxim Vinaver,” Mr. Marshall declared. “I became intimately acquainted with him during the Peace Conference of 1919, and this ripened into a warm friendship. While in Paris in the summer of 1925 we had a long interview concerning many subjects of mutual interest. I regarded him as one of the greatest lawyers in Europe. He would have graced any judicial tribunal because of his extraordinary familiarity with jurisprudence, his calm philosophical temperament, his clarity of vision and his thorough culture and scholarship.

“His interest in the welfare of the Jews was of the most devoted character. He not only sympathized with them in their troubles but he never failed to serve them unselfishly in the hour of need. He was universally honored and esteemed for the rare qualities of mind and heart that he possessed and for his unswerving loyalty. He was entirely devoid of prejudices, but he never hesitated to give expression to the views which he reached after honest deliberation regardless of whether they were for the moment popular or not.

“In our last conversation he indicated unqualifiedly his approval of the efforts of the Joint Distribution Committee to aid those Russian Jews who desired to cultivate the soil in the land of their nativity in the accomplishment of their purpose, and expressed the conviction that it would inure to the benefit of all Jews if the proffered opportunity were accepted. In his passing Israel has lost a noble son who never wavered in his fidelity and who, in spite of his physical feebleness, gave continual evidence of his heroism, his moral courage and his undying love for his religious brethren.”

NEXT STORY