Dr. Wilhelm Kleeman Dies; an Ort Leader Since 1920s and Former Head of Berlin Jewry

Dr. Wilhelm Kleemann, a leader of ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) organizations in Europe and the U.S. since the early 1920s and former head of the Jewish community of Berlin, died yesterday at the age of 99. Dr. Kleeman was born in Forchheim, Germany, and was educated in Berlin. He became director and later the president of the Dresdner Bank of Germany and was an active member of the Central Committee of German Jewry. In 1927 he became president of the Jewish Community of Berlin. He came to the U.S. in 1934 and presented one of the earliest reports on conditions of Jews under Hitler to leaders of American Jewry. He was the first president of ORT in Germany in 1924. In 1941 he was a charter member and vice president of the American and European Friends of ORT and was later its honorary president. He was a member of the American ORT Federation board of directors. Funeral services were scheduled for tomorrow.

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