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Meir Shapiro, Noted Polish Rabbi, Dead

Rabbi Meir Shapiro, the famous Lublin rabbi, and former deputy in the Polish Sejm, died today after a short illness. The funeral will be held in Lublin, Sunday.

The sudden death of Rabbi Shapiro is regarded here as a severe blow to Polish Orthodox Jewry.

Rabbi Shapiro was born in Buczawa, Poland, in 1887, and held rabbinical posts in several Polish cities before coming to Lublin. He was a member of the Polish Sejm from 1923 to 1927. For many years, he was the chairman of the Agudath Israel, ultra-orthodox Jewish organization, and was a member of the rabbinical council of the Agudath Israel.

He was the founder of the Yeshiva “Chochma Lublin”, which was erected at a cost of more than $100,000.

Rabbi Shapiro was the author of several books dealing with religious subjects.