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Hundreds Attend Memorial Services for Martin Buber in New York

A huge crowd, so large that several hundred persons had to be turned away, attended memorial services here last night for the late Martin Buber, philosopher and world-renowned exponent of religious existentialism. The services, under auspices of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, were held in the sanctuary of the Park Avenue Synagogue. Dr. Buber died in Jerusalem, a month ago at the age of 87.

Addresses lauding Buber’s contributions to world thought were delivered by Prof. Paul Tillich, of the University of Chicago, an outstanding Christian theologian; Prof. Maurice S. Friedman, of Sarah Lawrence College; Prof. Seymour Siegel, of the Jewish Theological Seminary; and Rabbi Judah Nadich, spiritual leader of the Park Avenue Synagogue.

Dr. Henry Sonneborn, III, a co-chairman of the America-Israel University Program, announced at the meeting that the American Friends of the Hebrew University is planning a suitable memorial for Martin Buber on the campus of the Hebrew University, where Buber had spent the last two decades of his teaching years as professor of Social Philosophy.