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Dr. David Lazar Dead at 72

Dr. David Lazar, a veteran journalist and writer, who was one of the translators of Herzl’s “The Jewish State,” died here last night from a heart attack at age 72. He had willed his body to science. Born in Crakow, Poland, he was a graduate of the local university in Oriental studies but soon he chose journalism and writing as his profession. In addition to work as a literary critic, he wrote essays and travel books. Arriving in Palestine in 1941, he soon became active on local newspapers and in a writers’ association. He was a founder in 1948 of the evening newspaper, Maariv, and served as one of its senior editors. He was active in the international PEN Club.