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Leon Glaser Dead at 80

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Leon Glaser, an author, journalist and lecturer specializing in the Middle East, Soviet Union and Jewish affairs, died Jan. 29 at the age of 80. Mr. Glaser was the author of several books including “From Moscow to Jerusalem,” “The Moral Perishes,” “The War in Europe,” and “The World in Tears.” The first two mentioned books were burned by the Nazis along with other works by Jewish authors.

“From Moscow to Jerusalem” was translated into English by Isaac Bashevis Singer and it, along with “The World in Tears,” is being prepared and produced for a Broadway musical by Mr. Glaser’s son, Sioma Glaser, an international impresario. Mr. Glaser was one of the organizers of the Haganah in Palestine. In 1921 he was awarded a miniature Torah by the then Chief Rabbi Abraham Kook for single-handedly holding back Arab rioters on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa border. He was also the founder and former president of the Radio City Synagogue in Manhattan.


Morris Brafman was identified in the Jan. 30 issue of the Bulletin as the author of “Trade for Freedom.” He is, in fact, the co-author with David Schimel.

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