Palestine Mourns Death of Justice Brandeis

Lengthy obituaries in all the Palestine Jewish press and expression of sorrow from prominent individuals and organizations in the Yishub followed receipt here of the news of the death of Justice Louis D. Brandeis.

The Jewish Agency for Palestine stated: “We are deeply grieved by the passing of Justice Louis Brandeis, illustrious Zionist chief, whose clear vision, profound wisdom and nobility of character is lost to Jewry at a time when it can ill spare these supreme qualities of leadership.”

The Vaad Leumi cabled the ZOA that it was “deeply shocked at the sad news of the death of a great Zionist leader, Justice Brandeis, who was a staunch fighter for freedom and justice in economic, social and international relations, and for the realization of the Zionist ideal.”

Dr. Judah Magnes, President of the Hebrew University, stated that Brandeis was “a great and good man.”

Henrietta Szold lauded Brandeis as an “ethical giant” who was a selfless and intrepid champion of all he espoused. “This is what made him – a neophyte – in one stroke a great leader of American Zionists and a world Zionist leader at the outbreak of the first world war, when Zionists were depressed and anxious,”Miss Szold declared.

Julius Simon, President of the Palestine Economic Corporation, which was established largely due to the efforts of Justice Brandeis, issued a statement, in which he said that the “Palestine Economic Corporation is indebted to Brandeis beyond measure. His influence on the ethical, social and economic foundation of Palestine Jewish life is unparalleled.”

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