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Ervin Kaldor, Jewish Leader in New Zealand. Australia, Dead at 61

B’nai B’rith mourned the death of Ervin Kaldor, who had served during the past year as president of the organization in Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Kaldor died in Australia Feb. 23 after an illness. He was 61. B’nai B’rith president David M. Blumberg, who last May installed Mr. Kaldor for a three-year term as president of B’nai B’rith District 21, said here that he was “an imaginative leader who had served energetically throughout his tragically shortened term.”

Before his election as district president, Mr. Kaldor had served as B’nai B’rith vice-president for New South Wales and as liaison officer between lodges in Sydney and the district headquarters in Melbourne, as district head. He also served on the B’nai B’rith International Board of Governors.

Mr. Kaldor was born in Hungary in 1912 and emigrated to New Zealand when World War II began. He served during the war in the army and as assistant manager of an ammunition factory. A graduate engineer from the University of Vienna, he later established his own plastics firm.

Before moving to Sydney in 1964, he was a prominent leader of the New Zealand Jewish community. serving on the executive board of the New Zealand Zionist Federation and as a leader of the local Board of Deputies. He joined B’nai B’rith to take part in its anti-defamation activities and Jewish communal service programs.

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