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Dr. Jacob Klatzkin, Editor of Encyclopedia Judaica, Dies in Switzerland at 66

Dr. Jacob Klatzkin, noted Jewish scholar and author, died this week-end at his home in Vevey, near here. He was 66 years old.

Editor of the German-language Encyclopedia Judaica, Dr. Klatzkin was at work on the tenth volume of the reference work when he was forced to flee German when the Nazis came to power. He translated Spinoza’s “Ethics” and was the author of numerous scholarly works, written in several languages. Born in Lithuania, Klatzkin was the scion of a rabbinical family. He came to the United States in 1941 and became a citizen in 1946. He lectured at the College of Jewish Studies in Chicago.