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Lazaro Shallman Dead at 73

Funeral services were held July 18 for Lazaro Shallman, an outstanding Jewish writer and journalist in the Spanish language, who died of a heart attack at the age of 73. Born in Argentina, Shallman wrote about general Jewish themes and led the campaign to eliminate the use of the word “Judio” (Jew) as a pejorative. He also wrote a pamphlet against the Argentine anti-Semitic writer Hugo Wast.

From 1957 to 1958 he was editor of Amanecer, the only Jewish-Spanish daily in the country, which was forced to close after two years for lack of funds. Shallman was also well known for his book, “Jewish Immigration to Argentina.” He was also active in the DAIA and the Jewish Colonization Association. His father, Aron, founded “Rosarier Leben” (Life in Rosario), the only Yiddish newspaper in the interior of the country.

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