NEW YORK (Oct. 14)
Dr. Ben-Zion Hoffman, noted Jewish writer, known to Jewish readers throughout the world under the pen name Zivion, died suddenly today at his home here. He was 80 years old. but continued to write articles regularly for the Jewish Daily Forward with his usual vigor until the very last day of his life. He had been one of the leading members of the editorial staff of the Forward since 1916.
Born in Latvia, he studied at the Universities of Karlsruhe, Heidelsbrrg, Berlin and Bern, and obtained a degree of Doctor of Science. He also graduated as an engineer. However, he preferred to devote himself to journalism and worked on the German daily Socialist newspaper Vorwarts. In 1908 he came to the United States where he became editor of a Hebrew daily newspaper, Hayom. He was also co-editor of the Anglo-Jewish Encyclopedic Dictionary. In addition to his journalistic work, he also wrote a number of books in Yiddish and took an active part in the Jewish Socialist movement.