Robert Henriques, British Jewish Author, Communal Leader, Dead at 61

Robert Henriques, a prominent author, broadcasting personality and active leader in Jewish and Zionist affairs, died here today at the age of 61. He wrote the best-selling account of the Sinai campaign, “100 Hours To Suez.”

Born in London, the scion of an Anglo-Jewish family in England since 1656, he was a senior British Army officer in World War II, and achieved fame in England as a broadcasting personality. Although he was an anti-Zionist in his early life, he became an ardent supporter of the Jewish State during the war and, in recent years, built a home in Galilee, where he spent several months each year.

He was president of The Bridge, a British organization sponsoring study and work trips to Israel for students, and had served as vice-president of the Association of Synagogues in Great Britain, the Association for Jewish Youth and the World Federation of YMHA’s. He was also active in the Anglo-Jewish Association. He was the author of many successful novels and other books, some of which earned major literary awards.

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