Services Held for Dr. Oskar K. Rabinowicz; Was Zionist, Author and Banker

Services were held here Friday for Dr. Oskar K. Rabinowicz, Zionist leader, author and banker, who died Thursday at the age of 66. Born in Austria, he received a doctorate in 1902 from the University of Prague, where he taught history. From 1934-39 he edited Medina Ivrit, a Prague Jewish newspaper. He was president of the New Zionist Organization of Czechoslovakia from 1925 to 1939 and was a founder of Zionist Revisionism there. He helped to organize illegal immigration of Jewish refugees to Palestine during the Nazi period.

He served as chairman of the Anglo-Federal Banking Corp. in London from 1939 to 1956 when he retired and came to the United States. He served on the Jewish Publication Society’s editorial board, as a Jewish Theological Seminary overseer, as a member of the World Jewish Congress’ Executive, and as vice president of the Conference on Jewish Social Studies. He had written “Fifty Years of Zionism,” published in 1950; “Winston Churchill on Jewish Problems,” 1956; and “Herzl, Architect of the Balfour Declaration,” 1958, He was co-editor of “The Jews of Czechoslovakia,” published in 1968, and had just completed a book on “Arnold Toynbee and the Jews.”

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